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 Science, Math and Reseach Technology Principal
Dr. Marie Gordon-Hall
Dr. Marie Gordon-Hall is the principal of Jumoke Academy Honors – Science, Math and Research Technology (JAH-SMaRT). Dr. Gordon-Hall has been in education for the past 15 years. She started out as a math teacher at the School Board of Broward County, Florida for 8 years. Dr. Gordon-Hall also served as the Math Department Head and Assistant Principal Designee during her tenure at Broward County Schools. Before coming to Jumoke, Dr. Gordon-Hall served as the Dean of Students at CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Middle School (AAE) in Windsor, CT. Prior to working as the Dean of Students at AAE, Dr. Gordon Hall was a math teacher and the math team leader. Dr. Gordon-Hall is also an adjunct professor of mathematics and research at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida and the University of Fort Lauderdale in Lauderhill, Florida.
Dr. Gordon-Hall earned her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with a Minor in Urban Education, an Educational Specialist in Organizational Leadership and a Masters of Science in Mathematics Education from Nova Southeastern University. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Management Information Systems from Florida Memorial University.
Dr. Gordon-Hall started her educational career at Churchill Primary School in her birth country of Jamaica. She migrated to the United States to live with her father in NYC when she was 10 years old. She attended Public School 87 and IS 44 before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada. In Las Vegas she attended Cashman Junior High School. She graduated from the Advanced Technologies Academy.
Dr. Gordon-Hall enjoys spending time with her family watching their favorite shows and taking roads trips.
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).
Jumoke Academy Honors at the Hartford Conservatory
Tamara Gloster is the principal of Jumoke Academy Honors – Hartford Conservatory Middle School (JAH-HC). Principal Gloster has been an educator for over 20 years. Before coming to Jumoke, she served as an administrator; supervising professional development that specializes in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Family Youth and Services, Social Justice and Equity, and K-12 Education in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction. Over her 20 year career, Principal Gloster has held various other roles such as classroom teacher, math department head, instructional coach of mathematics, and education specialists.
Principal Gloster holds a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership, a Masters of Science in Curriculum Assessment and Instruction, and a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics.
As a young girl, Principal Gloster moved to Hartford after living in Windsor, CT; where she attended grade 6 at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Lewis Fox Middle School, and graduated from Thomas Snell Weaver High School as a Fox Scholar.
When home and work needs are met, Principal Gloster loves to serve the community through her membership with the Greater New England Alliance of Black School Educators (GNEABSE) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.