Phone: 706-769-6655 ext. 3403
Degrees and Certifications:
PhD, Social Studies Education, University of Georgia, 2015 MA, History, University of Georgia, 2002 BA, History, University of Georgia, 2000 Oconee County High School, 1996
Dr. Tom Drewry
Tom Drewry teaches History and Humanities in the OCHS Social Studies Department. A 1996 graduate of OCHS, Tom returned to his alma mater to teach in 2003.
As a teacher, Tom has primarily studied world history, European history, and humanities. Tom believes that a shared study of the past not only provides students a foundation for responsible and compassionate citizenship, but also instills the wisdom necessary to secure a future for democracy and make a better world for neighbors next-door and around the globe. Tom advises the OCHS Student Council, and he has coached and currently leads a variety of teams, including Academic Bowl, Literary team, Junior Varsity Boy’s Soccer, and Croquet team. Tom has been selected as STAR, Rotary, and OCHS Teacher of the Year.
As a historian, Tom has primarily studied evangelical religion, education, and culture in the antebellum South. In 2015 he finished his PhD, researching the history of education and completing “Schooling for Salvation: Religion, Culture, and the Antebellum South’s Rejection of Jefferson’s Educational Vision,” which engaged evangelical perceptions of education in the South before the American Civil War. Tom’s MA thesis in history, “That None Should be Lost: War and Gospel in The Christian Index,” won the James. C. Bonner Award for Georgia History in 2002. Tom earned his BA in History from the University of Georgia, graduating as a First Honor Graduate, summa cum laude with Highest Honors.
From 1997 to 2014, Tom served as an assistant director at Athens Y Camp in Tallulah Falls, Georgia. He is an active member of Oconee Street United Methodist Church in Athens.
For more information, see Dr. Drewry's CV.