Tom Flunker


Saludos everyone!  My name is Thomas Flunker, and I am the Director in the Center for Inclusive Excellence here at Gustavus.  My family and I have been living in the Mankato community for 13 years.  I returned to MN in 2007, after spending 14 years in WI.  After college I first served as an elementary/middle school educator, coach, and principal in Milwaukee.  This was followed by teaching various levels of high school Spanish in Appleton, WI, as well as a coaching football and track.  Upon returning to Southern MN, I spent a little over 8 years serving as the Intercultural Center Coordinator and an Admissions Counselor at Bethany College.  During this time, I also had the opportunity to spend some time as an adjunct in the Education department, in addition to teaching Hispanic Outreach at Bethany's Theological Seminary a few blocks away from the college.  Before joining the staff at Gustavus, I spend a quick 1-year stint as a Charter School Director in Mankato.  

The majority of my formative years were spent on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.  While I returned to the mainland for school, I considered the island "home" until I began college.  I obtained a Bachelor of Education and Teaching from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, and earned a Masters in Psychology of Culture from Walden University.  I am married to Sandi - amazing wife, mom, and educator.  We have three boys: Dominic, Braedon, Kyler (1 in college, 2 in high school), and our yellow lab -Sadie- rounds out the family. 

Throughout my years in the field of education, my endeavors have always included a respect and passion for mentoring, advising, and guiding underserved and underresourced students/families/communities.  Through ongoing collaborative efforts, the goal has been to discover the range of potential options and opportunities that are available, in efforts to successfully navigate the often complex but incredibly rewarding journey through education. 

"The time is always do what is right."  ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Not everthing that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."  ~ James Baldwin


BS in Education & Teaching - Dr. Martin Luther College, MS in Psychology of Culture - Walden University