250 Blue Hills Ave. Hartford, CT 06112
Our flagship school, affectionately nicknamed “TED” in honor of the illustrious founder is a Pre-K- Grade 5 elementary academy. This school serves as the model for each of the Jumoke Academy expansion schools that have followed. Located at 250 Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford, the elementary school is the heart of our organization. Most of our middle school students started their school years here at TED, and continued through the halls of the other Jumoke Academy Schools. TED has a vibrant family community and staff and is a one of a kind place for education for our scholars.
2016-2017 TED-JA Jumoke Journals
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).
Dean of Students and Enrichment
Dr. Claudia Cousins
Dean Claudia Cousins received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Central Connecticut State University, a Master of Science in Education from the University of New Haven, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford. Before joining Jumoke Academy, Dean Cousins worked as a college supervisor at the University of Saint Joseph supervising ELA student teachers, and an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University teaching Policies in Education, and at Capital Community College teaching English Composition. She also taught at the Pre-K, elementary, middle and high school levels. Dean Cousins is a certified ELA teacher.
Dr. Cousin’s dissertation Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education Within Student Learning Communities and The Importance of the Principles in Helping Students With Their Academic Writing Skills was published in 2012, and her current scholarly interests include school equity and effectiveness, standard based assessments, and student achievement.
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