The Haley School
Partnering with Parents for Academic Success
ALYSON Y’VONNE NOBLES - FOUNDER
Alyson Nobles, motivational speaker and youth services worker, is dedicated to the well-being of greater community youth. In 1995, she founded Students Against City Streets, an organization developed and designed to provide greater Cleveland community youth with an alternative to negative activity on city streets, by promoting academic excellence through extraordinary special events and activities to help motivate, build character, and boost self-esteem.
The pilot youth services program began at Kirk Middle School in East Cleveland, Ohio under the direction of then Superintendent, Dr. Hayward Sims. The program targeted students that were failing, in danger of failing and youth experiencing failing grades. Ten students were selected by guidance counselors to participate in the program. Home visits and other outreach techniques and methods were used to re-engage the students into the school environment, and then the work began on gaining their trust and eventually focusing on their confidence and self-esteem. All participants were offered free tutoring from various non-profit organizations, participated in mandatory study sessions, and in a number of fundraising events and activities that gained them “positive recognition” for their actions, versus the negative activity that each of them were often known for. Each student began to excel far beyond the expectation of the Superintendent, with 7 out of the 10 students’ academic achievements landing them merit roll status, and 2 students receiving honor roll status. All of the participants’ attendance rates increased by 80%.
Alyson’s combined 17+ years of experience working with youth has afforded her several honors and recognition, to include being a recipient of the 1997 Greater Cleveland Women of Achievement Award, being featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Call & Post and Cleveland Life Magazine. Alyson was also honored to have been named one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People by Cleveland Magazine, and received their “Most Interesting Person’s” Award in 1998.
Mrs. Nobles is currently licensed by the State of Ohio Job & Family Services, Bureau of Childcare & Development, as a childcare center Owner/Administrator, and currently operates two childcare centers in the City of Maple Heights, Ohio. She possesses over 250 hours of formal training in Child development which allows her to train other childcare workers at childcare centers in the State of Ohio, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Myers University.
Mrs. Nobles is a proud member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and Jack & Jill of America, Cleveland Chapter.
Alyson is married to Mr. David Nobles, and is the mother of 3, Darnell (age 23), Jordan (age 16) stepson, and David, Jr. (age 3). The Haley School is named after their late daughter Haley Nobles.
RICHARD E. HRONEK, Ed.D. - CO FOUNDER
Richard Hronek founded 2EDUK8 Consulting Services to assist and guide organizations and interest groups in the development of charter schools and to provide technical assistance to existing schools to improve the quality of operations, leadership and instructional delivery in the pursuit of educational excellence.
Hronek has over 40 years experience in all venues of education including public, parochial and charter schools. His expertise ranges from classroom teacher to superintendent and founder/developer of charter schools. His leadership experience perspective bridges small schools to managing hundreds of employees in a statewide school network. He has practical expertise in organizational leadership, teaching and instructional strategies, creating educational collaborations, building partnerships, policy development and enhancing educational innovation.
Hronek has developed educational programs for traditional, special education and gifted students and serves on the leadership faculty for state and national organizations. As superintendent of the Summit Academy Schools he led the growth of the organization from 10-27 schools in 2 years. He also served as a school board member during his time with the Constellation Schools thus becoming familiar with the governance of charter schools.
As a school developer and director, he has been responsible for achieving 6 years of Excellent ratings from the Ohio Department of Education for two charter schools and is co-founder of Menlo Park Academy, Ohio’s only charter school for gifted students and one of the top rated performance index schools in the state.
Hronek holds Ohio licensure as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He earned his Bachelor in Education from Kent State University and both his Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Akron. He is an adjunct at Ashland University, a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership and a member of the leadership faculty for the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Hronek is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), American Society for Quality (ASQ), Ohio Association of Public Charter Schools (OAPCS), Ohio Association for Gifted Students (OAGS) and Phi Delta Kappa, education honorary.