Tom Little and Katherine Ellison working on the manuscript of Loving Learning in 2014.


TOM LITTLE was a founding teacher at Park Day School in 1976, and taught for ten years before becoming the school’s Head in 1986.

Tom was active in forming national organizations that sponsor and encourage public and private school partnerships. Tom consulted on educational matters with public and private schools throughout the country and in Ireland.

In 2001, Tom was awarded a Klingenstein Visiting Heads Fellowship. He was acting Board President of the Progressive Education Network, a national organization of educators working to advance progressive educational practices throughout the United States.

He earned his M. A. in Educational Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia, at the Klingenstein Leadership Academy. 

He died of Cancer in April, 2014, shortly after finishing this book.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their two grown children, Courtney and Matthew.


KATHERINE ELLISON is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former foreign correspondent and author and co-author of seven books, including the ADHD memoir “Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention.” She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.