About John

John has 27 years in public education leading school districts with high expectations for all and formative instructional practices for a student centered learning experience. 

Creating Change For A Better Future

Educator since 1993, John Tharp has extensive experience teaching and leading school districts with a systems approach to address institutional barriers and make learning relevant for all students.

John Tharp

John has served as an assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in several school districts in the Midwest and Southeast as well as an adjunct and assistant professor at the university level.  


He began his career as a high school social studies teacher and coach in Wayne County Schools, North Carolina. John is a James Madison Memorial Foundation award winner and received his master's and doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His undergraduate degree is in history from Illinois Wesleyan University. John is a national conference speaker, an avid reader and runner.

Breaking the Cycle of Failed School Reform is a celebrated book authored by John that contains navigational tools to help policy makers avoid common pitfalls in school reform. 


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