250 Blue Hills Ave. Hartford, CT 06112
Our flagship school, affectionately nicknamed “TED” in honor of the illustrious founder is a Pre-K- Grade 4 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.
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 first–grade 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.
Nikilia Reid is the Dean of Students and Enrichment at Jumoke Academy Elementary School. Dean Reid has been an educator for over 20 years. She began her career in the New Haven, Connecticut Public School System. Later, she worked at Achievement First’s flagship school Amistad Academy. Most recently she held the position of Global Studies Coordinator at Highville Charter School in New Haven, CT. As the coordinator of the program, she developed the framework, created partnerships and planned schoolwide global events. While at Highville she served as Dean of Students and Interim Principal. As a part of the Highville team, she helped to develop their first Highschool, which serves grades 9-12. She has written curriculum as well as supported teachers as a TEAM mentor.
Dean Reid has a BA from Clark Atlanta University. She obtained her Master’s in Early Adolescents from Bank Street College of Education in New York. In addition, she holds an 092 Administration Certification from Southern Connecticut State University.
When she is not working to help others reach their potential, she loves spending time at home with her three children and her husband.
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