Dr. Jeffrey Jaroscak joined Promise Academy as Executive Director in March of 2021. Dr. Jaroscak brings 33 years of experience in public education. He grew up in Euclid, Ohio and graduated from Euclid High School. He attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio where he graduated with a degree in Political Science and History. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Cleveland State University and a Doctorate in Administrator Leadership from Walden University. He taught American History and Government for eight years at Richmond Heights High School and then became a middle school assistant principal and principal in the Stow-Monroe Falls and Highland school districts. Dr. Jaroscak became the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Center for Leadership in Education where he worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to establish Early College High Schools across Ohio. He has ten years of experience with Community Schools in Ohio beginning with serving as the Founding Director of Fredrick Douglass Reclamation Academy, a credit recovery high school in Ohio. Most recently, Dr. Jaroscak served as a Regional Representative for the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West where he worked with 10 community schools in Cuyahoga County. Jeff lives in Northfield Center with his wife, Susan.
Dr. Heidi Rock is a former CMSD teacher at John Marshall and John F. Kennedy where she taught Social Studies and Reading. She worked as a school improvement coach in several community schools in Cleveland, Akron, and Canton. She has been providing high quality professional development for teachers and administrators for over 25 years. As an administrator, she worked in the central offices of the Chicago Public Schools and Elyria City Schools. She was the Visiting Director of The Principals’ Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago, the conference coordinator for the University of Chicago’s Principal’s Summer Institute, and served as a research assistant for the National Center for Education Leadership, a consortium of Harvard University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Chicago.
Now, my job is to work with you, Promise students, to guide you as you excel in earning your high school diploma, and it’s the best job yet.
Deborah Zeffren is Promise Academy’s Director of Operations. She is in charge of the school facility, all financial operations, and human resources. She has a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Administration and has 15 years of experience in operations. Her three children, Akiva, Kayla, and Daniel are her pride and joy, not to mention the family puppy. Her favorite part of her job at Promise Academy is getting to know the students.
David Druce likes to say things like “I’m your favorite history teacher’s favorite history teacher.” Blending his passion for teaching history with Dad jokes and hip-hop memes, Mr. Druce is a teacher who is committed to making a challenging subject accessible and meaningful to every student. He is in his eighth year as an educator and third at Promise Academy and in Cleveland. Previously, Mr. Druce taught in New York and has lots of stories about his experiences teaching at high schools in The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. While in New York, Druce was a licensed tour guide and created an Instagram account called Bronxplorations. He spent time in the African nation of Rwanda researching, with local historians, the 1994 genocide. In his words: “Knowledge is power. I want History class to be a place where you analyze how the past influences the present, how the political and economic systems work and what opportunities students have to advance.”
Ms. Campbell is the Intervention Specialist at Promise Academy. She is here to help you graduate from high school and become a POSITIVE, RESPONSIBLE, PRODUCTIVE MEMBER of SOCIETY. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of John Adams High School (Rebel for Life). She earned her first degree at Cuyahoga Community College and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree and teaching certification at an Historically Black College (HBCU) in North Carolina. She is an alumnus of Elizabeth City State University and Fayetteville State University. She is a PROUD veteran of the United States Marine Corps (Semper Fidelis) and looks forward to seeing you in her lab. Remember “All Eyes on Me”.
Meet Stephen McGibony, the math teacher at Promise Academy. Prior to Promise Academy, Mr. McGibony spent ten years as a high school math teacher at the Georgia Chaffee Teenage Program, an alternative school for teenage mothers in Fairdale, KY. In his free time, Mr. McGibony enjoys going to concerts, watching the Cleveland Browns, and exploring the connections between geometry and nature. Mr. McGibony is excited to bring his experience and passion for education to the team at Promise.
Natalia Muniz has been working with children and young adults since she was 16 years old. She founded and operated a summer youth program and taught school aged children in a program sponsored by James Ford Rhodes High School. After serving as a teacher at the pre-school level, Ms. Muniz moved to what would become her favorite occupation, a nanny. Working with children and young adults has always been a passion for Ms. Muniz. She believe that young people are our future and that it is important to set them on the correct path for a successful and happy life.
Melissa McCarthy comes to Promise Academy with 6 years of experience in Record keeping in charter schools. She has a passion for paperwork and organizing systems. In her spare time she likes reading, watching movies, and building with legos.
Tasha Edgeson is new to Cleveland and Promise Academy. As Administrative Assistant she will be the one greeting students with a smile in the morning and saying goodbye to them in the afternoon. She has an extensive background in customer service and is excited to bring her skills and love for helping people to the school. She enjoys learning something new every day. Her hobbies include cooking, art, reading, and being a dog mom.
Meet Jargalmaa Brisson, the Science Teacher at Promise Academy. Ms. Brisson has her Master’s Degree in Education from Cleveland State University. Before joining Promise Academy, Ms. Brisson worked for Save the Children in her home country Mongolia. She also has experience teaching at a college level at Manhattan College in New York. Ms. Brisson works as a consultant for ELEVATE Program at Cleveland State University.
She’s a firm believer in life-long learning and continuous personal growth. “Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn, and you will”.
Ms. Brisson speaks Mongolian, English, and Korean. In her free time, she loves to read, travel, go hiking, take care of her dog, Taco, her plant babies, and vegetable garden.