LIFE Male STEAM Academy

is pleased to announce our Head of School

Mr. James Chavis

“It is with extreme honor and gratitude to be appointed as the Head of School for the LIFE Male STEAM Academy. I am very excited to carry out the mission to increase the presence of African-American males in the STEM pipeline. It is a privilege and a long held personal dream come true to have this opportunity to create an exceptional school.”  -- Mr. James Chavis

James Chavis was born and raised in McKeesport, PA. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Administration of Justice and an MSW in Social Work with a Home and School Visitor Certification. He earned his K-12 Principal Certification with Point Park University.
Mr. Chavis has held Principal/ Administrative and Student Service positions in the Woodland Hills, Wilkinsburg, Penn Hills, Baldwin, and Duquesne School Districts. In addition, he has been an Educational Leader in private school programs, including Auberle, Adelphoi, and Imani Christian Academy.
Mr. Chavis worked extensively in a Social Worker capacity, including roles as a Behavior/Mobile Therapist, Out-Patient Therapist, Marriage Counselor, Career Counselor, Youth Advisor, and Community volunteer worker.
Mr. Chavis expresses, "his daily motivation is his passion for the achievement and uplifting of youth, seeking justice and equality”. Mr. Chavis is married to Lyn Lawrence Chavis. They have six adult children and a total of ten grandchildren.

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