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.

Jumoke Academy Elementary School Principal

Latoya Johnson

Latoya Johnson is the principal of Thelma Ellis Dickerson’s Jumoke Academy Elementary School (TED). Principal Johnson has been in education for 13 years. Her career began in 2006 as a firstgrade teacher with Alamance- Burlington School System in North Carolina. Mrs. Johnson has taught several grade levels as an elementary teacher. She has experience with grades 1, 2, 3, 5, and has served as a K-5 Reading teacher.  In addition to her experiences in the classroom, Principal Johnson has experience mentoring and coaching teachers, conducting professional development and writing curriculum at the district level.

Principal Johnson earned an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. She holds a Masters in School Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In 2017, Principal Johnson obtained her 092 certification through the Residency Program for School Leadership through Achievement First Charter Schools. Upon completion of the yearlong residency program, Principal Johnson served as Dean of Students and Enrichment at Thelma Ellis Dickerson’s Jumoke Academy Elementary School (TED).

Principal Johnson has the unique experience of serving as teacher, dean, and now principal within Jumoke Academy Charter Schools. She has a passion for planning, implementing and supporting teachers with literacy instruction.

In Principal Johnson’s spare time she enjoys traveling to North Carolina to visit family and reading children’s books with her daughter.

Jumoke Academy Honors at the Hartford Conservatory

Nikilia Reid

Principal Reid has been an educator for over twenty-five years.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education from Clark Atlanta, a Historical Black University, and obtained her Master’s in Early Adolescents from Bank Street College of Education. Mrs. Reid also holds an 092 Administration Certification from Southern Connecticut State University.  

Her teaching career began first as a middle school teacher working in New Haven Public schools and later at two charter schools.  After receiving her 092 Administrative Certification in 2009, she served as Dean of Students and Global Studies Coordinator at Highville Charter School. Mrs. Reid also acted as the interim principal for Highville Change Academy and was one of the key people instrumental in creating the high school as an extension of Highville Charter School.  

Mrs. Reid joined the Jumoke family in 2019 as a Dean of Students and Enrichment at Thelma Ellis Dickerson Elementary school. Currently, Mrs. Reid serves as the Principal of Jumoke Academy Honors at the Hartford Conservatory.  Principal Reid is proud of the progress made by her scholars and teachers and looks forward to continued achievements in years to come. When Principal Reid is not working to help others reach their potential, she loves to read, travel, and spend time at home with her family.

Jumoke Academy Honors Science, Math and Research Technology Principal

Kashay Green

Kashay Green has been a dedicated faculty member since 2012 and has served in various capacities during her tenure including teaching for seven years at Thelma Ellis Dickerson’s Elementary School, serving as middle school dean, and various school-based and district level committees impacting curriculum development and evaluation.  A graduate of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in May 2009 as well as her Master’s degree in Special Education in May 2013.  Dean Green returned to CCSU in 2016 and has since completed her 6thyear degree in Educational Leadership in May 2018.  She currently holds her 092 Administration Certification for the state of Connecticut.  

Before joining the Jumoke family, Dean Green taught at a Middletown, CT public school for three years. Serving as a TEAM mentor and being a lead member of different teams and committees are just a few of the ways she continues to support Jumoke Academy’s mission to prepare scholars to successfully compete in the global marketplace despite any social and economic challenge.

Principal Green continues to lead by example as a lifelong learner who holds high expectations for all learners, herself, and those she works with. She believes it “takes a village to raise a child” therefore the collaboration of educators and maintaining a partnership with families are essential for student achievement. 

When she finds spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family.  Reading and cooking with her daughter as well as working out are few of her favorite things.

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