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Thomas Tusken (MN '07)


Denfeld High School
Duluth, MN

At the time of the Award, Thomas Tusken was:

Denfeld High School
Duluth, MN

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Tom Tusken has worked for the Duluth Public Schools since 1995. During that time he has spent the majority of it as a social studies teacher at Denfeld High School. In addition to teaching, Tom has served as the 9th Grade BARR Coordinator, Dean of Students and Assistant Principal. He has led and contributed to numerous efforts at school wide improvement including implementation of Link Crew, the 9th Grade BARR, PBIS, the SOAR Academy for at risk freshmen, and the Freshman Seminar course. He also lead the 10th Grade PLC, coordinated Link Crew and served as a PBIS coach and team member. Currently, Tom serves as the Principal of Denfeld High School. His priority is increasing student achievement and the graduation rate. His focus is on the continuous improvement process to support the full implementation and success of BARR, PBIS, Check and Connect, PLCs and co-teaching. 

Personal Message

It is my greatest professional honor to lead the high school I graduated from, have dedicated nearly the entirety of my professional work to, had my own children attend and graduate from and do so within the neighborhood that I live in. Go Hunters! #Hunter Pride

Thomas Tusken In The News

Alumnus Named to Denfeld High School Principal Job
Duluth News Tribune  |  Apr 28, 2020  |  Duluth, MN

Additional Information


2007 St. Mary's University of Minnesota, K-12 Principal's Licensure

2001 University of Wisconsin Superior, Master's Degree of Education and Instruction

1994 University of Minnesota - Duluth, B.S. Teaching Secondary Social Studies

9th Grade Programing

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