CEO's Message

Children of Promise Schools were founded to help address many of the problems we see facing our urban youth. With a quality education, many children excel and succeed in spite of the difficulties they face in their community. COP Schools develop the whole child by integrating character based curriculum with the rigorous academic environment where teachers challenge their students to surpass the basic standards. I encourage you to partner with us as a parent, a donor or a volunteer to change the lives of children and develop them into tomorrow’s leaders.

Thank you,
Dr. Carleton Lincoln, Ed.D.

The Children of Promise Schools were founded by Dr. Carleton Lincoln with community leaders, educators, parents and other stakeholders who now form the governing board of COP Schools.

They identified an academic and moral need in the Inglewood community that they believed could best be met by establishing schools where high quality academia and character could be instilled in the children of our community through an academic setting.


The mission of  Children of Promise Preparatory Academy (COPPA) is to guide the learning experience of children by providing the core academics and skills necessary to prepare students for future learning success.  We train tomorrow’s leaders today.

Our Staff

Our staff is carefully selected and screened.  They are competent in and committed to Education and the development of the child.  Our staff has been trained at some of the best learning institutions available. Their varied backgrounds far exceed the minimum requirements for teachers.  Our experienced and sensitive teachers provide an environment for the mental, moral, physical, social and intellectual growth of your child.  A child who develops as an individual through learning and motivational activities builds an important foundation for future reading, math and academic skills.

Children of Promise Preparatory Academy Staff and Faculty

Name Position Email
Carleton Lincoln Ed.D Founder/CEO
Kennedy Hilario Associate Executive Director of Schools
Trena Lawson M.Ed. Associate Executive Director of Advancement
Richelle Brooks Ed.D. Principal
Alexandra Hilario Early Learning Center Director
Teresa Pleasant Director of Operations and Finance
Loren Slack Director of SpeD Services
John Gardner Parent Liason and After School Director
Lupe Perez West Campus Operations Manager
Sonia Cortez HR and Payroll Manager
Evelia Robles Main Campus Operations Manager
Charles Williams Dean of Student and Support
Mr. Vere Facilities N/A
Wayne Morris Facilities
Christopher Newson Facilities
Michelle Rosas TK Teacher
Hannah Jones Kinder Teacher
Lorena Rojas Kinder Teacher
Elvira Jumawan 1st Grade Teacher
Nubia Diaz 2nd Grade Teacher
Rossana Sinoy 2nd Grade Teacher
Tonya Goff 3rd Grade Teacher
Mechele Yerima 3rd Grade Teacher
Ellie Hebden 4th Grade Teacher
Jodi Gallegos 5th Grade Teacher
Erin Springer 5th Grade Teacher
Delia Reed Middle School Math Teacher
Tara Van Timmeren Middle School Humanities Teacher
Dwayne Scott Middle School Science Teacher
Charles Garrett Elementary and Middle School P.E. Teacher N/A
David Mason Music Teacher
Ismael Pineda Music Teacher
Michelle Hall Teacher Assistant Manager

Child Development Center Staff and Faculty

Name Position Email
Kimberly Williams Director of Child Development Center
Rayvin McCoy Toddler Teacher
Karla Morishita Preschool Teacher

Children of Promise Schools Non-discrimination Policy

Children of Promise Child Development Center and Children of Promise Preparatory Academy are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and to the provision of equity in its educational programs, services and activities for all students and employees.

Children of Promise Schools does not discriminate in employment or in its educational programs and activities against qualified individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability, physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, handicap or any other factor provided for by state and federal laws and regulations.

Children of Promise Preparatory Academy is nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations, and does not charge tuition. Children of Promise Preparatory Academy will admit any student in the state of California who wishes to attend. Admission to Children of Promise Preparatory Academy shall not be determined according to the place of residence of the pupil, or of his or her parent or guardian, within this state.