Staff

Pioneering the Education Revolution

Head of School

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

Education:
BS Criminal Justice, CSU Sacramento
Master of Secondary Education, Grand Canyon University

About Me:
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. Since moving to Arizona, God has blessed us with three beautiful kids: Delani, Chloe, and Tommy.  With no extended family in the area to lean on, we decided that I would put my career on hold so I could be home with the kids.
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. On my first day, I figured I would make a little golf money and get some experience working with other people’s kids a few days a week.  Almost immediately, I realized that I had stumbled into a new passion; this is what God had planned for me. Within days, I enrolled at Grand Canyon University, 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
– Genocide

Personal Mission StatementMy 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.