Brief: New to Staff But Not to Campus

2021 Friends alum Thomas Ellberg returned this fall as a full-time member of the IT department


Emily DeFilippis

Thomas Ellberg, class of 2021, stands outside Forbush Hall, where he now works in IT.

Students at Friends may recognize a familiar face among the new faculty and staff this year. Thomas Ellberg, a recent graduate in the class of 2021, is now working for the Information Technology department.

Last year, Mr. Ellberg enrolled at Towson University majoring in criminal justice. With plans to join the police force in a couple of years, he applied to become a police cadet. After a 7-month hiring process, he did not get a position in the Police Academy, and decided to take a break from college and return to Friends on a part-time basis.

Ellberg became a substitute teacher, going all around the Middle School. When French teacher Erin Liffiton went on long-term leave unexpectedly, Ellberg was asked to fill the role for the remaining three months of the school year.

Ellberg had also been a long-time member of both the Summer at Friends and Extended Day staff, where he started working while still a student at Friends. Over the summer of 2022, Thomas was a lead counselor at Summer at Friends.

During this time, he applied for an open position in the Information Technology department. He was accepted and is now a full-time employee of the School, helping to fix tech issues around campus. He has also maintained his position as the Middle School Extended Day Director.

Outside of school, Ellberg is an active member of a duckpin bowling league, and also works at a bowling alley some nights. He is a huge fan of the Baltimore Orioles, and sends out a daily survey to the Middle School, allowing people to predict the score.

He played baseball with Friends all four years that he was a student here, and received the FSAA award for effort his senior year. He is looking forward to potentially helping coach the Friends School Varsity Baseball team this year.

While at Friends, he also wrote for the Quill on subjects from faculty diversity to Academic Alerts.

Ellberg is new to the staff, but not the Friends School community.