Thomas A. Peifer graduated from South Wayne High School, Newfoundland, in 1960. In high school, Tom was a 3-year letter winner in basketball and baseball, and served as captain of both teams in his senior year. He was a member of the District 12, 1958 baseball championship team.
Tom received his B.S. in Science Education in 1964 from East Stroudsburg University, a Master of Education in 1970 from Lehigh University, his principal’s certification from the University of Scranton in 1975, and the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Lehigh University in 1980.
Tom started his teaching career in 1964 in Northampton, Pa., as a high school science teacher and also served as assistant football coach and assistant track coach from 1964-97.
In 1967, Tom joined the Wallenpaupach Area School District as a high school science teacher and coached baseball and girl’s softball. During his tenure as varsity baseball coach, the Buckhorns had 123 wins and 42 losses, winning 2 District XII Championships and 4 Wayne County League Championships.
Tom assisted in the formation of the Green-Dreher-Sterling Athletic Association and the Newfoundland Little League, Teener League, Babe Ruth Program, and District II American Legion Program for the Wallenpaupack Area. His community baseball teams won over 300 games during his 33 year tenure as coach. Additionally, Tom served as Chairperson of the Wayne County Baseball League, was District 12 Chairperson, and also served as General Manager of the Scranton Red Sox in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
Tom received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award for Community Service, particularly in youth activities, from the Newfoundland Rotary Club, and an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Honesdale Jaycees. Tom has also received the District H American Legion Coach of the Year Award, and is a member of the Wallenpaupack Athletic Association.
During his 33 year career in education, Tom was a science teacher for 13 years, served as Wallenpaupack Middle School Principal from 1976-80, and was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Delaware Valley School District in 1980-84. Tom is presently the Superintendent of the Wallenpaupack Area School District, a position he has held since 198 1.
Tom is married to the former Linda Brown, and has two children, Michael and Sharon.