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Tom Farley

Thomas R. (Tom) Farley is a lifelong resident of the Hampton Roads area. and married to Tania Farley since 1976. He was a teacher for Chesapeake Public Schools from 1973-2004, and, an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Wesleyan University from 1986-2014. His Bachelor’s degree is from Va. Tech with a major in English and minors in History, Theater, and Education; his Masters in Education (MSEd) degree is from Old Dominion University.

His 30 years of public school teaching were all in the Chesapeake Public School system. He taught Honors World History, World History, U.S. History, Honors U.S. History, AP U.S. History, English, Creative Writing, and Current Issues at Indian River Junior High, Indian River High School, and Hickory High School. He was the first Social Studies Department Chair at Hickory High School (1996-2004), has won Teacher of the Year at IRJHS (1988), DAR History Teacher of the Year (2003), and was renowned as a leader in promoting and implementing technology in the classroom.

On the musical side, he was the owner of Alum Ridge Music (1982-2005) and Farley Music Services (2015 to the present) publication and services companies. As a local music artist, he has performed since 1975 as a solo artist and with several successful musical groups including The Herndon-Edwards Band; Cimarron; The Tom Farley-Cam Head Band, The Tom Farley Band, and The High Energy Acoustics Band. He has written, performed, co-engineered, published, and produced the following popular recordings: Songsmyth (1982), The Calm Before the Storm (1991), Songsmyth and the Basement Cuts (2000), Over the Falls (2006), High Energy Acoustics - The Tom Farley Collection (2006), Tom Farley - The Instrumentals (2016), By the Fence in the Sun (2016), The Calm Before the Storm: Remastered Silver Anniversary Edition (2016), Tom Farley: Fingers and Strings (2017), and the single Free Me - A Song About Addiction (2017)....all of which can be purchased and/or streamed through the Farley Music and Art web site, iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify, Tidal, Emusic, CD Baby , Google Music, and other global download sites.

He garnered two Hampton Roads Music Awards from Port Folio Magazine. He was the first ever to win the Best Acoustic Musician Award (1984) and followed that with the Best Rhythm Guitarist Award (1987) .

Tom and his bands have opened for a variety of groups including Poco, Firefall, and Bruce Hornsby and the Range.

Tom was a professor and administrator at Virginia Wesleyan University for over 28 years (1986-2014), He is the retired Director of the Adult Studies Program (2009-2014) and Program Development Coordinator K-12 (2005-2014). He is also a retired VWC adjunct professor, teaching evening classes for over 23 years. His courses were Physical Geography, Cultural Geography, and Human Geography (GEOG 111, 112 and 113), Secondary Education (Social Studies) Methods (EDUC 375), and Technology for Teaching (EDUC 301) - all designed, developed, and taught by Tom for Virginia Wesleyan University.

Tom has been a facilitator for several summer technology workshops sponsored by Microsoft, National Geographic, Virginia Geographic Alliance, Old Dominion University and WHRO Public Television. He has been published in the Virginia Geographer, Odyssey of the Mind, Who's Who Among American Teachers, and has had numerous newspaper articles covering his teaching and musical career.

In the area of business, he is the former President of Soft Pubs Incorporated, makers of Educational and IEP Internet Database software. The flagship of the Soft Pubs' line was Easy IEP®, an internet database for compiling, manipulating, and querying Special Education IEP's and their data. It is currently being sold by PCG, Inc. and is the top selling special education software in the country. It is currently being utilized by school systems and districts nationwide....including Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Boston, Newark, Houston, Danville, Broward County, Dallas, The District of Columbia, Illinois Cooperatives and Districts, Minneapolis, the State of Tennessee, Philadelphia, Chicago, and hundreds of city, county, and independent school districts across the nation.

As co-founder and former President of Soft Pubs, Inc., he has been responsible for contributing to the design, help section development, and training development for all Soft Pubs’ products including Easy IEP, Laser Director, The Student Assistant for U.S. History, and The U.S. History Primary Source Documents Collection.