Leonard M. Epps’ leadership vision for the Journalism & Media Academy is based on: A commitment to the study of journalism and media through the use of technology and self-mastery: Valuing a school climate and culture that celebrates diversity; Collaborating with the local, national, and international communities and continuous growth toward college and career readiness.
The core values that the staff and students at JMA will work toward under Epps’ vision are Discipline, Respect, Unity, and Maturity. An avid drummer, Epps feels the DRUM mission is a circular metaphor and essential path toward communication and social action on a more global level for his school.
“There are so many dynamic changes that have been and will be taking place over the next year,” Principal Epps said. “I am an administrator who listens to others’ ideas about how we can grow as a school and community.”
Epps earned his Master of Science in Educational Leadership, in 2008 and his Master of Science in Secondary Education in 1999 both from Central Connecticut State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education in 1990 from the University of Hartford.
He previously served as Principal in Residence for Hartford High School’s Law and Government Academy, Dean of Students at Pathways to Technology Magnet High School, and as a social studies teacher for 18 years at Weaver High School. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford.
Epps is a life member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated, founder of Young Men’s Leadership Programs and has been named an outstanding role model and leader by Capital Community College, the Artist Collective, CATCH - Committed Adult to Children in Hartford and a Community Star- CT Department of Children & Families, and awarded the Apple for the Teacher by Iota Phi Lambda Sorority.
In addition he has taken part in Harvard University’s National Institute for Urban School Leaders, the National Institute for School Leadership, Education Policy Fellowship Program, Culture of Peace Program – San Jose, Costa Rica, and the Artists’ Collective Yaboo Rites of Passage. He was also a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in Ghana, West Africa.
He is a resident of West Hartford where he lives with his wife and two daughters.