Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

Registration for the March 26th Leadership Academy is NOW CLOSED due to reaching capacity.

ED THOMAS LEGACY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY - for 9th-12th Graders 

On Tuesday, March 26th, the Ed Thomas Family Foundation will expand on its goal of keeping the legacy of Coach Ed Thomas alive. Coach Thomas was a leader whose main objective was teaching young people to “Do What’s Right”. He was a great role model who lived his life true to the values that he taught to all. The Ed Thomas Family Foundation will provide an opportunity for high school students to strengthen their positive leadership skills and character by sponsoring the Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Session 1 will be at 9:00 a.m. Sessions completed by 2:00 p.m.

WHERE

Iowa Event Center, Des Moines, Iowa

FIVE SPEAKING SESSIONS

Brenda Clark Hamilton - 9:10 a.m.

Joe Hadachek - 10:00 a.m.

Break-out Session - 10:30 a.m.

Al Kerns -Lunch A - 11:10 a.m

Al Kerns -Lunch B - 12:10 p.m

Aaron Thomas - 1:10 pm

FEE

$10 per participant & supervisors: each participant (including supervisors) will receive a T-shirt, lanyard + name tag, notebook, and pen. A sack lunch with a sub, fruit, and chips will be provided for each student. Water will be available free of charge.

*Checks can be mailed to: Ed Thomas Family Foundation, P.O. Box 536, Parkersburg, IA 50665. Currently, we do not have the capabilities to process credit card payments. Thank you for your understanding.

LIMIT

Each school is limited to no more than 12 student participants and 2 supervisors per school. Registration will be limited to the first 450 participants.

SPEAKERS

BRENDA CLARK HAMILTON

Brenda Clark Hamilton is a dynamic keynote speaker who offers fresh perspective in leadership, communication, team-building, change management, and offering one's personal best to life, relationships, and career. Brenda's career experience includes coordinating professional development for 1200 Iowa teachers. Her 2018 speaking venues included three trips to Colorado Springs to provide professional development for the United States Olympic Committee.

JOE HADACHEK

Hadachek just finished his 12th year as the head football coach for the Union Knights.   The Knights have played in 11 consecutive post-season playoff appearances, tied for the longest current streak in 2A football.  Coach Hadachek was also a 2016 finalist for the U.S. Cellular Most Valuable Coach program, finishing third nationally.

Hadachek has helped coordinate an annual Fields of Faith event each fall at Union in cooperation with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

AL KERNS

Former Teacher and Coach at Aplington-Parkersburg.

Al Kerns began teaching and coaching at Parkersburg High School in 1978. He retired from Aplington- Parkersburg in 2014 after 36 years of teaching. During his career at Parkersburg/ Aplington-Parkersburg, he was an assistant coach to Ed Thomas for over 30 years and the head girls’ track coach for 29 years.

AARON THOMAS

High School Principal Aplington-Parkersburg.

Aaron Thomas is the oldest son of the Late Ed Thomas. At a young age, Aaron knew he wanted to go into education and coaching because he saw the impact his father was able to have on young people. Every day he witnessed the passion Ed Thomas displayed while working with young people.

MORE ABOUT OUR ACADEMY

The Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy was established to carry forward what Coach Thomas was most passionate about -impacting young people. Coach Thomas always claimed that the school was his mission field and he spent his life trying to help students realize their potential and the impact they can have on others.

The Ed Thomas Family Foundation is committed to carrying on Coach Thomas’ legacy by passing on his philosophies to students. Our first Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy was held on October 2, 2014 at Aplington-Parkersburg High School with over 490 students and supervisors in attendance. The response was so positive that we have continued to offer our academies each fall and spring.  We have held five academies with over 2,300 students and supervisors in attendance.  With our academies we hope to continue impacting young people to become positive leaders in their schools and communities.

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I have been in education and have coached for over 20 years. I've never been through a more meaningful day with students than I did last week at the Ed Thomas Leadership Academy. As soon as we got into our suburban to drive back to Creston, my students talked about what they had heard and how we could immediately implement change in our school. They talked the entire way home! I've never had an experience with students like that! We are in the process of developing a leadership course for students here at Creston High School. This was the first step in the development. I've gathered a lot of great ideas that we can implement with our students. Again, THANK YOU. You guys were right - something good can come out of something bad. I will continue to bring Creston students to the Ed Thomas Academy.

- Todd Jacobson, Creston HS

This was such an awesome motivating day! I believe every student we brought got a ton out of this! ~ I wish our whole school could have attended! ~Thank you for hosting this event. Our kids & I loved it. We'll be back. A first class event. ~ You did a tremendous job of inspiring the young athletes I brought with me and energizing me to continue my work in the education and athletic arena. ~ It was an amazing experience! I learned so much that I hope to bring back to my school.

- Leadership Reviews, comments from students and supervisors on the first leadership academy