About Noni Thomas López

Dr. Thomas López brings more than two decades of educational leadership to the Gordon School. She is currently the interim Principal of the Lower School at Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS) in Bronx, New York, and holds a second role at ECFS as Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning. There, she oversees curriculum and instruction for a school of 1,750 students, PreK-12, and 325 faculty and staff, and collaborates with trustees, administrators, division heads, department chairs and faculty on strategic academic initiatives and professional development.

Prior to her role at Fieldston, Dr. Thomas López was Head of Middle School at the Nightingale-Bamford School, Middle School Director at the Calhoun School, and a middle school humanities teacher at Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI), all in New York City. 

Dr. Thomas López is a former trustee of the Caedmon School and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bronx Charter School for the Arts. She has been a consultant to several New York City schools, a member of the diversity committee of the New York State Association of Independent Schools, and a presenter at multiple conferences, including the National Association of Independent School’s People of Color Conference. In 2013, she founded the Interschool Leadership Institute for Educators of Color. Her career unequivocally reflects her statement that “From my time as a student of color in a predominately white independent school through my twenty-two years working as a teacher, administrator, and consultant, I have been guided by a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice.” 

In addition to her work in New York, her classroom career included time at Greensboro Day School and Ravenscroft School in North Carolina. Her extensive experience in educational leadership includes work with Breakthrough Collaborative in Raleigh, North Carolina, the GO Project, and the Collegiate School Teaching Institute in New York City. At LREI, in addition to her role on the faculty, she was Middle School Dean of Students, English Department Chair, and Academic Cabinet Chair. 

Dr. Thomas López holds a BA in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an MA in Education Leadership with a concentration in Private School Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she was awarded a Joseph Klingenstein Fellowship, and an Ed.D in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.  

Dr. Thomas López is married to Rodney López with whom she shares a love of Latin and ballroom dancing. Her interests also include reading, meditation, traveling, and coaching and mentoring.