Thomas R. (Tom) Farley is a lifelong resident of the Hampton Roads area. He was a teacher in the Chesapeake Public Schools from 1973 - 2004, and, an Adjunct Professor and administrator at Virginia Wesleyan College 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. He was the first Social Studies Department Chair at Hickory High School (1996-2004), has won Teacher of the Year (1988), DAR History Teacher of the Year (2003), and is widely renowned as a leader in promoting and implementing technology throughout the area.
At VWC, he is the retired (2014) Director of the Adult Studies Program, Program Development Coordinator K-12, and has taught evening classes for over 23 years. His courses: 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), were all designed, developed, and taught by Tom for Virginia Wesleyan College. 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.
On the musical side, he was the owner of Alum Ridge Music (1982-2000), a music publication and workshop company. As a local music artist, he has performed since 1975 as a solo artist and with several successful musical groups (The Herndon-Edwards Band; Cimarron; The Tom Farley-Cam Head Band), culminating in The Tom Farley Band. He has written, performed, co-engineered, and produced five popular recordings: the album/CD Songsmyth and the CD recordings The Calm Before the Storm, Songsmyth and the Basement Cuts, Over the Falls, and High Energy Acoustics - The Tom Farley Collection....which can be purchased through iTunes, CD Baby or other global download sites. He garnered two local awards from Port Folio Magazine as Best Acoustic Musician (1984) and Best Rhythm Guitarist (1987) in Hampton Roads.
His next CD - A Tip of the Hat - is due to release in late 2015 or early 2016.
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 being utilized by school systems and districts nationwide. A co-founder and former President of Soft Pubs, Inc., he has been responsible for the design, help sections, and training development for all Soft Pubs’ products.