Tom Hierck

Tom Hierck has been an educator since 1983 in a career that has spanned all grade levels and roles in public education.

His experiences as a teacher, administrator, district leader, department of education project leader, and executive director have provided a unique context for his education philosophy.

TED-X Powell River

Tom was recorded at the Powell River TED-X talk, on his favourite topic “I am the future.”


Seven Keys to Positive Learning by Tom HierckTom’s new book “Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment in Your Classroom” is now available! Creating a positive classroom learning environment is a complex but necessary task for all educators. By fully realizing the seven keys this book highlights, teachers can establish clearer expectations, enhance instruction and assessment practices, and foster quality relationships with students, thereby maximizing the potential of all students. The book includes helpful stories from teachers, as well as classroom strategies to consider in implementing the keys.

Here’s what colleagues are saying:

“Put this book in every teacher’s hands and give them the immediate road map of where to begin!” (Brian Butler, Principal, Mason Crest)

“It is the most important book I have ever read for a teacher to help them understand what is truly important in the teaching profession and to understand the impact that they can have – whether positive or negative – on a student.” (Lisa Blackstock, Assistant Superintendent, Buffalo Trail PSD)

“Administrators and teachers who are deeply concerned about ensuring school wide excellence will greatly benefit from this book.” (Anthony Muhammad, Consultant and Author)

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Tom is a compelling presenter, infusing his message of hope with strategies culled from the real world. He understands that educators face unprecedented challenges and knows which strategies will best serve learning communities.

Tom has presented to schools and districts across North America with a message of celebration for educators seeking to make a difference in the lives of students. His dynamic presentations explore the importance of positive learning environments and the role of assessment to improve student learning. Ongoing support and consultation ensure that the methods to achieve these ends are implemented and upheld over the longer term. His belief that “every student is a success story waiting to be told” has led him to work with teachers and administrators to create positive school cultures and build effective relationships that facilitate learning for all students.

Educational Consulting

Tom has worked with district/division leaders as well as school leaders on the design and implementation of structures and programs that promote effective practice and produce positive results. The initial on-site visits can be followed up by various forms of electronic communication so that ongoing support is available as staff and student populations evolve over time, ensuring the long term success of districts, schools and students.