What is your job and its responsibilities?
I am the proposed Executive Director and Founder of Milwaukee Excellence Charter School, a proposed public charter school that will serve children in 5th through 12th grade and provide a college preparatory education. Milwaukee Excellence is slated to open in the fall of 2016. Over the coming year, I’m studying the highest performing urban schools across America in order to design, found, and lead a high-performing middle and high school on Milwaukee’s north side.

How long have you lived in Milwaukee & what brought you here?
I was born and raised in Milwaukee. I’ve lived in Metcalfe Park, Sherman Park, and Glendale. I’m a proud graduate of Rufus King High School and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. My wife Jaimie and I currently live in Walker’s Point surrounded by great people and great food. We love our neighborhood and enjoy so many things Milwaukee has to offer.

Favorite place to grab coffee?
Anodyne Coffee on 224 W. Bruce Street in Walker’s Point is one of the most beautiful places in the city. They have these gorgeous large wooden tables that look as if Paul Bunyan hacked down a couple trees and made the tables on site. The staff is always welcoming so I try to work from the shop at least a few times a week.

What is your favorite Milwaukee event?
Anything that involves riding the Steny’s bus on 2nd and National. I love taking the shuttle service to Summerfest and Brewers games. The people on the bus are always having a great time and the bus drivers are top-notch. I think I just love all things Steny’s to be honest. Does that count as an event?

Is there an issue you believe all Milwaukeeans should turn our attention to?
Education. I believe wholeheartedly that the decisions we make in educating the next generation of children, especially low-income children, will determine if Milwaukee remains an important city to this region and the country. Many of our students are not receiving a high-quality education that puts them on a path to college and professions of their choice. I believe we can change the life outcomes for students in our community, but first we need to talk about how to provide a solid educational foundation to all children in Milwaukee. Feel free to contact me at mthomas@buildingexcellentschools.org if you’d like to know more about the proposed Milwaukee Excellence Charter School.

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