Education: Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Austin College; D.Min. in Educational Leadership from Virginia Theological Seminary.
Career: Thaddeus (Tad) B. Bird became Head of School of All Saints’ Episcopal School of Fort Worth in July 1998. Episcopal education has been at the heart of his life’s work, as witnessed through his efforts in the classroom as a teacher, a coach, and lead administrator, where he deals with such issues as day-to-day operations, strategic long-range planning, accreditation, faculty compensation and evaluation, curriculum development, and fundraising. Previous positions include Headmaster of The Trinity School of Texas in Longview, Texas, Head of Upper School and Dean of Students for St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas and Associate Admission Director for Christchurch School in Christchurch, Virginia. He was a 2001 Klingenstein Visiting Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University. Other leadership and volunteer offerings have included service as a Board Member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, past Board Member and President of the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, and service on the Standards and Membership Committees for the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.
Why is HOPE Farm important to me? HOPE Farm fills an incredibly important niche in the lives of people who need it most: faithful servants in the forms of boys and young men and their mothers who need a community to uplift, provide education, and support their growing independence for healthy, Christ-centered lives. One of the intended outcomes of HOPE Farm’s influence is to change the trajectory of the lives of these boys and their mothers in such as manner as to elevate their own families, their neighborhoods, and communities in which they live. I have witnessed HOPE Farm’s good work for over two decades, and have been proud to support Gary, Noble, and now Sacher and his team as they expand their footprint and positive impact in the lives of others, strengthening families and communities.