Moreana Boys Academy is an alternative education option for boys in the East Valley that helps independent learners achieve academic excellence and personal development through carefully curated learning excursions, one-on-one academic coaching, challenging projects, and collaboration with peers. Moreana offers a unique opportunity for boys to grow into experienced, educated, conscientious, and benevolent young men.
Contemporary education options are failing our boys. Our system is designed to turn boys into men of academic excellence, faith, and service.
Name: Tom Dowell
Roles: Founder, CEO, Instructor
Certifications, Endorsements, Licenses:
Standard Professional Secondary Education, 6-12 (June 2021-May 2034)
Structured English Immersion Endorsement, K-12
BS Criminal Justice, CSU Sacramento
Master of Secondary Education, Grand Canyon University
I was born and raised in Northern California, and spent my younger years in private and public schools. After high school, I enrolled at the University of Arizona in Tucson, but moved back to California after three years to complete my bachelor’s at California State University, Sacramento. In 2011, my wife, Brittney, and I relocated to Phoenix for her career, and we have never looked back. Once in Arizona, God blessed my wife and me with three beautiful kids: Delani, Chloe, and Tommy. My wife and I decided that I would be a stay-at-home-dad.
In 2018, I was ready to get back to work, so I started substitute teaching at the middle school level a few days a month. Almost immediately, I realized that this is what God had planned for me. I enrolled at GCU, and continued to teach throughout my master’s program.
Upon graduation, I began teaching 7th and 8th grade Social Studies in the Kyrene School District. I had my own classroom for 2 years, and quickly found that there are some fundamental problems with public education that could not be fixed without major policy and leadership changes. Instead of continuing to be a cog in a broken machine, I began to develop the idea of building a support system for families who were willing to take control of their children’s education. The idea of a hybrid tutoring-classroom program developed into Moreana Boys Academy.
When I’m not navigating the world of education and entrepreneurship, I enjoy taking care of my yard, golfing, woodworking, and going on road trips with my family. I am also a huge Dodger fan, and rarely miss a game.
Favorite lessons/topics to teach:
– Early American history
– Civil Rights Era
– Landmark Supreme Court Cases
– History of Law Enforcement
– Terrorism & Violence
– Great Americans
Personal Mission Statement: My mission is to connect the story of our past to the events of today, so that we may better appreciate our history and prepare for our future.
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