Over 30 Years of Service to the Community

The George B. Thomas Learning Academy, and its signature program Saturday School, have been supporting youth education and academic achievement in Montgomery County since 1986. It has been a collaborative effort for over 30 years, in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools and the dedicated community members who help make our work possible.

OUR HISTORY

Originally known as the Olney Saturday School, the first learning center was established in 1986 by members of the MU NU Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Recognizing a growing need in the community to improve academic achievement, these individuals focused on helping young students with extra academic support. The group began with 21 children and 19 volunteers who met on Saturday mornings at the Housing Opportunities Commission center in Olney, Maryland.

In 1994, a second location was established in at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, and, by 2005, twelve Saturday School centers were serving communities across Montgomery County.

Today, the George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy serves over 3,000 students annually and works in tandem with Montgomery County Public Schools. With Saturday School as our primary program, our focus is to support MCPS cluster schools – elementary, middle and high schools – in key areas where our work will have the greatest impact.

DR. GEORGE B. THOMAS, SR.

Dr. George B. Thomas, Sr. (19  – 2016) retired in July of 2016 from his position as founder and President of the non-profit organization that bears his name, and he remained active in his work to the day of his passing. His strong belief in learning and life-long commitment to education continues to inspire our community, and it serves to guide the work still necessary to eliminate the achievement gap among students nationwide.

Read more about Dr. George B. Thomas, Sr. in this News Release – July 2016: News Release – Dr. George B. Thomas, Sr. Retires

“….When he opened the doors to the first Saturday School classroom, Dr. Thomas was acting on his belief in the importance of education as the guarantor of a level playing field. ‘I grew up in a family of sharecroppers in segregated South Carolina, but I took to heart the message my mother repeated—that education is the great equalizer,’ Dr. Thomas said. ‘She was determined that I would have a good education. The full life that has provided me is there for all of us if we persevere and are encouraged by a caring community. That community of support and learning is what Saturday School delivers.’ ”

Watch video on the life and work of Dr. George B. Thomas, Sr.

OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND STAFF

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Khadija BarkleyExecutive Director
Jasmine N. DeVaughnOffice Coordinator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Arnold Avant
General Member
General Member
Eric Bailey
General Member
Joan Dang
General Member
Hula Edmonds
Secretary
Reginald M. Felton
President
Maria Garcia
General Member
Dr. Leonard Haynes, III
General Member
James Martin
Vice President
Kathryn Martin
General Member
Vincent Napoleon
General Member
Dr. William Powell, Jr.General Member
Troy Priest, EsqBoard Counsel
James RodgersTreasurer
Dr. Philippa Smithey
General Member
Khadija BarkleyExecutive Director

OUR PARTNERS

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OUR DONORS, SPONSORS AND GRANTS

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FACTS AND REPORTS

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