Executive Director of Special Services

Phone: 708-225-4995


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Thomas Porter

Welcome to the Pupil Personnel Services Department of Thornton Township High School District 205!  

The Pupil Personnel Services Department, led by Thomas Porter, oversees many vital school resources including Special Education, English Learners (EL), school psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists and nurses. These resources give students the assistance they need to get through their high school career.   

Thomas Porter has been in education for more than 30 years. He has been serving District 205 with his expertise since 1998. Thomas Porter has worked his way through various positions here at District 205. He began as a teacher, a department chair, summer school principal, Area Instructional Leader for Math/Fine Arts/English Learning and has been a part of countless committees to better the student environment here in the district.   

Now in his current role as the Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Mr. Porter is dedicated to serving the students of District 205 Special Programs. He is certified to teach most of the content areas, that a student would encounter, here at District 205. Aside from his position over the Special Education Department he is also the Director of the English Learners program here in District 205. Thomas Porter has led both programs with the idea that relationships are the most important factor as an administrator here in the district. Mr. Porter is constantly breaking down barriers to help students receive the services they need.  

Outside of District 205, Mr. Porter has taken his talents to National Louis University where he has served as an adjunct professor since 2004.  

The Pupil Personnel Services Department is ready for another school year, and another chance to serve every student in District 205! 

Thornridge Contact: 708-271-4460

Thornton Contact: 708-225-4010

Thornwood Contact: 708-225-4784

Anita Jones
      Anita Jones
      Executive Administrative Assistant