LIFE Male STEAM Academy
is pleased to announce our Dean of Students
Mr. Malcolm Thomas
"I am extremely excited to be appointed as Dean of Students for the LIFE Male STEAM Academy. I consider it a great opportunity and responsibility to be a part of such a potentially life changing initiative. Working with young people is a passion for me. My focus on young men in particular during the past twenty plus years has led me to appreciate the immense importance of this work. I look very forward to furthering this calling and working together with all concerned." -- Mr. Malcolm Thomas
Malcolm Thomas was born and raised in Pittsburgh and attended Pittsburgh Public Schools, graduating from Peabody High School where he was a part of the first graduating class of the CAS Program. He later attended Penn State University and graduated with a BS in Education and a concentration in Black Studies.
Upon returning to Pittsburgh, Mr. Thomas sought to pursue his passion of providing transformative, holistic education in urban areas. He has worked as Instructor, Curriculum Developer, Coordinator or Director within several organizations where community and school based services were being offered. In 2007, Mr. Thomas founded ONE Nation Education and Leadership Training, a program focusing on empowering both youth and Service Providers. Most importantly, he is Program Director for The Reaching Back Male Mentoring and Manhood Development Program and served as the Director of The Sankofa Leadership Institute. Through these initiatives he has addressed or served, hundreds of educators and developmental facilitators as well as several thousand students in over fifteen schools through Rites of Passage, psycho-educational groups, instructional presentations, assemblies and school-wide initiatives within the District. His training series for teachers is known as The Authentic Educator.
His current projects include co-creation of the Maximizer Institute and its flagship program. The Manhood Maximizer which seeks to optimize life success with young men through the cultivation of character, relationships and wellness. He also works closely with his wife as an administrator for The Children to Africa project which connects youth throughout the region to African culture and positive self-image through the arts.