Thomas comes to Hawk Hill after spending the past seven years in the education field. Working as a family/teacher coach at Agora Cyber Charter School, she worked closely with students and families of students who are enrolled in online, cyber classes full-time over the course of the school year and advised and monitored student academic progress through monthly phone conferences, in-home visits, and virtual classrooms to keep them on track and engaged.
Promoted to Master Family Coach in 2015, Thomas facilitated solutions for student issues, strategically planned short and long-term academic goals for students and coordinated annual professional development workshops. This past year, she was assigned as Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Coordinator for elementary schools and was also nominated to Coaches Think Tank Counsel in 2018.
"We welcome Michelle to Hawk Hill with great enthusiasm. She possesses a versatile skill set that will elevate our entire organization. Michelle’s servant leadership is infectious and she will spearhead many initiatives that connect our program to the Philadelphia community. She has passion for our players' holistic development. She understands, to a great degree, that before they are student-athletes, they are people," said Lange.
Along with her position at Agora Cyber Charter School, Thomas has spent over a decade as a facilitator with Learn 2 Lead during the summer coordinating a variety of camps for students ranging from elementary school through college. Additionally, she has served as chief operating officer at Nxt Level Inc. the past four years organizing basketball skills training for multiple age groups at various facilities during off-seasons and was an integral part of the company's social media marketing campaigns. She also has worked with K-Low Elite AAU coordinating tournaments, try outs and social media.
Thomas began her academic career as an academic advisor and interim assistant for the Villanova men's basketball team. As an academic advisor, she helped organize study halls, coordinated schedules and advised on assignment. Working as student manager to head coach Jay Wright during the 2010-11 season, Thomas assisted with travel arrangements and public appearances, participated in the recruitment and scouting process for incoming student-athletes and helped maintain and assist with alumni relations.
Joining the Wildcats as a team manager, Thomas spent four seasons with the men's basketball program at Villanova, highlighted by the team's 2009 Final Four appearance. A native of Philadelphia, she graduated from Villanova with bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and sociology, and a master's degree in criminology, law and society.