Welcome to the Barack Obama Leadership Academy!

On behalf of our entire staff, we would like to welcome our new and returning students! It is with great honor and much enthusiasm that we have been designated a 21st Century After School Program.

As we begin our academic year, I am pleased to announce our name change from Timbuktu Academy to the Barack Obama Leadership Academy, in honor of the 44th president of the United States. As one of the first “Leader in Me” schools in the city of Detroit, we are excited to enhance our curriculum to help our students excel in their development and grow exponentially as they discover their leadership ability and build their self-confidence.

Additionally, I would like to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to our custodial staff. They worked diligently throughout the summer to prepare and ready our school. Our instructional team and support staff also have been working to prepare this year’s academic lessons and extracurricular activities. They are eager to engage our students both inside and outside the classroom.

Finally, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to our parents, volunteers and community members for their continued support and participation. I also would like to personally invite our new parents and others interested in supporting our students and school to get involved.

Educationally yours,

Kimberly Prichett

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Our History

The foundation of our public charter school, now known as the Barack Obama Leadership Academy (Obama Academy), began with the enactment of Michigan’s charter school law in 1995. Recognizing the need for individualized instruction, diversity in materials, a holistic learning model and fewer students per class, the Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology was established by E. Malkia Brantuo and former Wayne County Commission Bernard Parker.

Under the management of Magnum Educational Management Company and its CEO Bernard Parker, the school is committed to providing holistic academic experiences and resources for its eastside Detroit community.

Since its inception, Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology (Timbuktu Academy) has been dedicated to building a model African-centered and leadership-focused institution founded on integrity and the purposeful nurturing and development of critical thinkers to improve the quality of life for its students and communities at home and around the world.

During the school’s inaugural year in 1997-1998, Timbuktu Academy welcomed 67 kindergarten through third-grade students. With each subsequent academic year, the school expanded one grade level until eighth-grade students were enrolled. In 2006, the school moved to its current location on East Canfield Street in Detroit, Michigan.

Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, Timbuktu Academy changed its name to the Barack Obama Leadership Academy in honor of President Barack Obama for his leadership characteristics that inspire people across our nation and around the globe and to reflect the integration of the nationally recognized Leader in Me program.

Following a rigorous and extremely competitive review process, the school was selected as a 21st Century After School program location to provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students residing in disadvantaged communities.

Our Mission

At the Barack Obama Leadership Academy, is dedicated to providing the highest quality educational experience and to developing and building upon the leadership characteristics that are inherent in all children.

Board Of Directors

Board President- Dr. Oluwa Davis

Board Vice Chair Cherly Munday

Board Secretary- Tamiko Leonard

Board Member- Dr. Winifred Green 

Board Member- 

Treasurer- Kamau Kheperu

Board meetings are typically 5:30-7:30pm the first Wednesday of each month


“At Magnum Educational Services, we are committed to providing the best academic experience for our students and serving as a resource for the communities we serve. Our passionate educators and staff deliver a unique, quality and student-centered learning experience to help students succeed.” -Bernard Parker

Teachers and Support Staff

Barack Obama Leadership Academy teachers are dedicated to providing an exceptional education experience and helping our students realize their full potential. Our instructional team brings a wide array of teaching experience and methodologies into their classrooms to create a dynamic learning environment that promotes student achievement.

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NameTeaching Position


Jennifer HunterKindergarten Teacher120
Wendy SandersKindergarten Teacher122
LaQuera Ramsey1st Grade119
Jerri Scott1st Grade123
Alrita Williams2nd Grade102

Kimberly Snay-Master

Meeting ID: 693 799 4248
Passcode: kimmie

2nd GradeVirtual Beginning 9/28/2021 Click on her name to enter class.
Maje Hogan3rd Grade105
Carnell Lockhart4th Grade106

Sharon Dye

Meeting ID: 815 5205 8149
Passcode: 235811

5th GradeVirtual Beginning 9/28/21-Click on her name to enter class
Michelle Hill5th Grade109
Sandra JacksonSpecial Education K-5GPS
Brenya GriffinMiddle Science200
Shakeem CovingtonMiddle Social StudiesVirtual Class begins Monday Click on his name to join virtual class
Adam SherfieldMiddle ELA204
Eloise SpruillKindergarten Para120
Saundria BrumfieldKindergarten Para122
Amber Mathis1st Grade119
Melody Elder1st Grade123
Brittani Coleman2nd Grade101
Mama Zukhanye3RD Grade105
Donovan Owens3rd Grade103

John Paul Lewis 4thGrade   

Email: jlewis@obamaacademy.org

8:45am-10am ELA

10:15am – 11:30am MATH

11:30am -12:30pm Lunch/Recess 

12:30pm – 1:30pm Science

1:45pm – 2:45pm Social Studies

2:45 – 3:45 Art/Intervention

 Virtual Class-click on his name to get into class. 
Nicole Pyles5th Grade108
Michael Jordan5th Grade109
Renee JenkinsELA/SS Grades 6 – 8201/202

Anthony Phifer

Karen Brown (Virtual class)

Science/Math 6 – 8



Click on her name to get into her class.

Dean of Achievement

The Dean of Achievement at Barack Obama Leadership Academy views student achievement as personal achievement. She believes we should all be fierce advocates for youth because a win for them is a win for society. She will challenge the staff, students, and families to do whatever is required to ensure that our future leaders have the best chance at being successful in school and beyond. In the words of Frederick Douglass, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Dean of Achievement

“A child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down just to feel its warmth.” African Proverb

Dean of Students

The Dean of Culture at Barack Obama Leadership Academy will work collaboratively with teachers, students and parents to develop pervasive norms, values, and relationships that will help define our school’s character. 

Terrell England


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