Phone: (610)363-6400, Ext. 5997


Degrees and Certifications:

BSed-Earth Science, Physical science. Temple University MM-Music Education. Anderson University Certifications: Earth Science, General Science, Music K-12

Mr. Thaddeus J. Van Gilder

Mr Van Gilder has been teaching at Downingtown East High School since 2003. During his tenure he has taught earth science, natural disasters, environmental science, AP environmental science, and music appreciation. He also teaches cyber natural disasters, cyber environmental science, cyber AP environmental science, and cyber music appreciation.


Mr Van Gilder is the coach of the record breaking Envirothon team. In the past he served a long tenure as the pit orchestra director and is currently the assistant director of the marching band.


Mr Van Gilder holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Earth Science, and General Science from Temple University. He also has earned a Masters of Music in Music Education from Anderson University.


When not teaching music or science, Mr Van Gilder can be found sailing up an down the east coast, building boats in his shop, or casting bronze pieces in his foundry. He also grows copious vegetables in his garden.