District Leadership


Dr Troy A. Monroe

Dr Troy A. Monroe


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


Jumoke Academy Honors Science, Math and Reseach Technology Principal

Iris Gomero

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 

Principal, Dr. Michael Finley

Principal, Dr. Michael Finley

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).

1 comment on “District Leadership”

  1. Velda Alfred-Abney Reply

    Dear Principal Pistorius and Principal Woodson;
    My name is Velda Alfred-Abney and I am the Office Assistant of The School of Engineering Diversity & Outreach Center at the University of Connecticut. As part of our outreach to the Connecticut community, we host serval program geared towards increasing the number of underrepresented groups in the field of Engineering. One particular program is the Pre-Engineering Program that we believe will be beneficial to your students.
    The Pre-Engineering Program provides an opportunity for a diverse group of middle school students ranging from grades sixth through eighth to participate in an educational enrichment opportunity designed to provide knowledge about the field of engineering.
    The Pre-Engineering Program engages students in challenging, exciting hands-on problem solving activities facilitated by engineering undergraduate student mentors. Through this interaction, the students foster the ability to improve or enhance their level of understanding of mathematics and science and the relation of these concepts to the future study of engineering.
    Projects include studying composite beams in sixth grade, Lego robotics in the seventh grade, and mouse trap cars in the eighth. This is only a small sample of the challenging hands-on problem activities your students will enjoy during PEP. These activities will foster your child’s creative abilities and enhance their level of understanding of the relationships between mathematics, science and technology and the study of engineering.
    The cost to participate in the Pre-Engineering Program is $50.00 for spring session ($80.00 for the year – Fall and Spring). Please don’t let the cost deter any students from applying for the program, we will try our best to work with those students who have financial needs to secure funding.
    I have attached a brochure for your to review in addition to the application form (the application form is also accessible online at http://www.engr.uconn.edu/diversity/pep/application/app.html). The Spring session begins on Saturday, January 24th, 2015 and spaces are limited. We would appreciate it if you would share the information with your students (especially those that has expressed interest in the STEM fields) and I would appreciate it if you would get back in touch with me to discuss this great opportunity further.
    Thank you for your time. Take care and I hope that you have a nice rest of day, week and upcoming break.

    Season’s Greetings;
    Velda Abney

    Velda Alfred-Abney
    Program Assistant
    University of Connecticut
    School of Engineering
    Diversity & Outreach Center
    191 Auditorium Rd Unit 3187
    EII Building – Room 320
    Storrs, CT 06269-3187
    (860) 486-5536
    (860) 486-3045

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