Jumoke Academy Executive Director
Troy Monroe Ed. D.
Dr. Monroe, a native of Hartford, grew up in the Blue Hills area, making him no stranger to the neighborhood Jumoke is a part of. Monroe returned to Connecticut in 1999 from Virginia where he went to college and started his teaching and administrative career. Since his return, Monroe has earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University, and also holds a Bachelors degree in Middle and Secondary Education from Hampton University, and a Masters degree in Urban Education and Personnel administration from Norfolk State University in Virginia. Monroe is set to guide the schools along the path to excellence that they have so clearly taken in the past.
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Jumoke Academy Honors at the Hartford Conservatory Middle School Principal
Nichelle Woodson is the principal of Jumoke Academy Honors at The Hartford Conservatory. She has earned her Master of Social Work from Columbia University, Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and has completed her sixth year degree and administration and supervision coursework at Central Connecticut State University. She has been in education for over a decade. She has worked in the Jumoke Academy Charter Schools district since September 2008. Her roles within the district have included school social worker, dean of student support services and now principal. In 2008 Nichelle was the recipient of the Georgia L. McMurray Award for outstanding accomplishments and contributions a graduating student has made to services to children and families. She is honored and excited by the opportunity to integrate the arts with core academic learning. She has always valued the arts and the positive impact it has on students’ educational experience. Ms. Woodson’s belief is all students are gifted and educators have the great opportunity in helping to open those gifts!
Jumoke Academy Honors Science, Math and Reseach Technology Principal
With over a decade of experience in the education field, Mrs. Gomero brings to us a wealth of experience as a teacher and instructional leader in both charter and traditional school districts having served as a teacher and school administrator at the elementary and middle school level. Mrs. Gomero is experienced developing and implementing systems that improve student outcomes including Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Scientific Researched Based Interventions, Professional Learning Communities, Instructional Rounds, and Data Driven Decision Making. Mrs. Gomero is a Hartford resident. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, her Masters of Arts in English Literature at Trinity College in Hartford, and her Sixth Year in Educational Leadership at Sacred Heart University. Additionally, she has furthered her education with studies in special education and educational psychology. Her educational background and experience make her highly qualified to be the leader of our STEM focused middle school. Jumoke Academy is happy to welcome back such an accomplished educator.
Thelma Ellis Dickerson’s Jumoke Academy Elementary School Principal
Dr. Michael Finley
Dr. Michael Finley is originally from Griffin, Georgia. This is his 10th year in education. He received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Georgia State University, a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology from Central Michigan University, a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration from Georgia Southern University. Dr. Finley has served in several capacities while in the education profession including teacher, mentor, coach, assistant principal, and now principal.
Dr. Finley believes that providing a safe and orderly environment and protecting and effectively utilizing instructional time is paramount to the success of a school. His philosophy as it relates to education is that every scholar shall learn if given the proper resources (safety, competent and effective teacher, parent involvement, leadership).