Scott Thomas


Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science
3825 Glacier Drive
Eagan, MN 55123



Scott Thomas currently serves as principal of Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts & Science in Eagan (ISD196). Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director for Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools in Washington DC. During his time in DC, Scott developed national standards for magnet schools that defined essential characteristics that also included leveraging student diversity in meaningful ways, equity, family and community engagement, academic excellence, and theme fidelity of magnet schools. His work also included consultation projects with districts including Louisville, KY, Baltimore County, MD, Houston ISD, and Boston Public Schools among others.

In addition to promoting national policies and programs that relate to public school choice and school diversity, Scott served as the Educational Equity Coordinator for 7 years in District 196. During his time as Coordinator, Scott worked collaboratively with his colleagues to cultivate a climate and culture focused on systemic racial equity by addressing policies, procedures, programs and professional development aimed at increasing access to opportunity for students and eliminating racial disparities in achievement.

Scott has served in various capacities outside of his work, including as Co-Chair of the Integration Revenue Replacement Task Force as an appointed member, President of Magnet Schools of Minnesota, and co-founded the Minnesota School Integration Council. He has guest lectured at Harvard University, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Teaching Tolerance, a national publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Scott also advises on school integration efforts around the country and is advising the development of regional magnet schools for the Richmond, VA area in partnership with the National Coalition on School Diversity, the University of Virginia, and the University of Richmond. Scott also serves as a principal coach through Mankato State University’s Courageous Leadership Principal Institute.