Tom Preston was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1989. He studied philosophy and politics at Oxford, and taught English in state secondary schools in the UK, before completing a Masters in education at Harvard in 2014. He currently works for Teach First as a Leadership Development Officer.
In January 2011, aged 21, Tom was diagnosed with stage 4 advanced aggressive lymphoma, with his chances of survival estimated at around 40%. His book telling the story of the months that followed, The Boy in the Mirror, was published by Valley Press in September 2015.
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