The Arts at JAH-HC: Instrumental music—orchestra and band, Vocal music—choir, Visual arts – drawing and painting, Dance—foundation of dance, ballet, and choreography, Theater— foundation of theater, improvisation, and theatrical productions.
Jumoke Academy Honors at the Hartford Conservatory (JAH-HC) is an honors middle school with an arts integrated focus. Our mission is to develop our scholars into mature, young adults who will make valuable contributions to the global society. Scholars will graduate with exceptional 21 skills, an appreciation for the arts, exemplary character, an understanding of diverse cultures and a confident sense of self. At Jumoke Academy Honors at the Hartford Conservatory (JAH-HC), scholars participate in a rigorous academic program in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition to these subjects, scholars participate in extensive arts studies that include: instrumental and vocal music, visual arts, dance and theater. The arts are also infused throughout the academic curriculum. Through experience in creative pursuits and performances, scholars will develop skills of leadership, self-motivation, collaboration, goal-setting, planning, organization and effective communication. We have created and value an environment that is engaging and responsive to adolescent development. Scholars at JAH-HC will be excited about learning, intellectually curious, and will act with thoughtfulness and compassion.
Heather Jacobi is the principal of Jumoke Academy Honors at the Hartford Conservatory (JAH-HC). Mrs. Jacobi began her career in 2011 teaching English at New London High School. For the past nine years, she worked in two urban districts in Connecticut as an English teacher, department head, and instructional coach. In 2022, Mrs. Jacobi joined Jumoke Academy as an ELA academic coach. In the fall of 2022, she was named principal of JAH-HC.
Mrs. Jacobi earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2009, her master’s degree in education from the University of Connecticut in 2012, and her sixth year degree from Sacred Heart University in 2016. She holds certifications in secondary English and intermediate administration (092). Currently, she is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, studying leadership in schooling.
In her free time, Mrs. Jacobi enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs.
Keith Simpson is the Dean of Student Enrichment at Jumoke Academy Honors (JAH-HC). He is a dedicated and experienced educator with a passion for scholar achievement. He holds a master’s Degrees in Music Education Adams State University and is currently matriculated in a Master’s of Special Education at the University of Hartford. Additionally, he has a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Hartford.
Keith has a wealth of experience in the field of education, including work as a behavioral technician, life skills coach, special education instructor, and case manager. He has worked in various schools and organizations, including Achievement First, Fred D. Wish elementary school, Autism Sparkles, and Behavioral Health Consulting Services.
Aside from his work as an educator, Keith is also a talented musician who enjoys playing his favorite instrument, the bass guitar.