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.
Kathryn Y. Parks has partnered for over 25 years with organizations and agencies that are proven change agents in their communities. Her work extends across various fields that allow her to collaborate with individuals making some of the most important life decisions in the areas of education, career selection, health and wellness and finance.
Kathryn has worked in higher education admission, enrollment, and retention. Currently in her 7th year as an adjunct faculty member for Cuyahoga Community College, teaching out of the Business and Technology department.
In her role as Director of School Culture at Promise Academy she is passionate about helping and working with and for students, their families and an organization that realizes and values, human life as its most important asset. To have the ability to help establish programs, provide resources and create life-long relationships with the student and their family, that in return garners a successful life readiness outcome for the individual, is what she has been preparing for her entire life!
Kathryn is currently completing her doctoral dissertation work in Public Policy and Social Change. While completing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She currently holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Accounting, along with a Women and Gender Studies Certificate and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate. Kathryn’s research on Barriers to Access in Substance Abuse Treatment was presented in 2017 at the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) conference in Quebec.
Kathryn is a proud United States Navy Veteran and is honored to work for an organization like Promise Academy whose mission is to deliver high quality instruction by partnering with educators working to develop quality teacher and student relationships
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.
Michaela Ilie has been teaching for over ten years and science is her passion. She likes science because it explains how our world functions and she hopes to bring that knowledge to you. She looks forward to working with you and having you participate in class projects, community outreach programs, and hands-on activities. Be sure to take part in science investigations, check out microscope slides and share your interest about science.
Coco Veal is the school’s Administrative Assistant. She is the person that welcomes students in the morning and says goodbye to them in the afternoon. She came to Promise Academy after working as a concierge in apartment communities. She loves customer service and is always ready with a smile. In addition to working at Promise Academy, Coco owns her own pedicure business. In her spare time, she practices her hobby-wreath making.
Robyn Holman is a mother and a college student. Her first career was in fashion. She spent almost twenty years as a fashion stylist and vintage dealer. Because of her strong belief in a solid education, she decided to start her second career in education to be a part of the solution. Robyn enjoys working with the children in hopes of helping to shape their futures.