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Founder & Director

Rev. Mama Paulette Jones-ImaanMildred Paulette Jones-Bell Imaan, a native of Miami Florida, earned a Bachelor’s degree from Howard University in English and Education in 1965, a Masters’ Degree in Reading and Education from Howard University in 1974. She is the mother of two young adults and the grandmother of six children. Paulette is a member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority pledging Alpha Chapter at Howard in 1963. She obtained a second Masters’ Degree in Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1990.

Paulette has been an educator in Washington DC for over 50 years. She taught in the District of Columbia Public Schools for fourteen years, receiving the Teacher of the Year Award from Roper Jr. High School in 1970. In 1969, she organized D.I.G.-I.T. (Dramatic Interpretation of the Ghetto Through Improvisational Theatre). The Company was commissioned by the National Council of Christians and Jews to create improvisational skits and socio-dramas and facilitate discussions about racism, prejudice, economic disparities and lack of service in their communities. D.I.G.-I.T. were performed in the aftermath of the riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King, throughout DC and universities and colleges from Rhode Island to North Carolina. In 1971, Paulette established Blood to Soul Theatre Company who used improvisational theater and socio-drama to speak out against socio-economic ills in the black community. She received an Outstanding Service Award for her leadership of both groups.

In 1974, became one of the founding faculty members of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Paulette is a teacher of meditation, traveling to Ethiopia to learn to teach the Transcendental Meditation Technique. She later trained under Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to teach the Art of Living yoga, breathing and meditation techniques.

In 1978, Paulette founded the Ideal Learning Center a tutorial and enrichment center, and in 1991, she opened the Academy for Ideal Education, a comprehensive day school grades K-12.

In 1999, Paulette founded and opened the Ideal Academy Public Charter School. She is co-author and editor of the journal and poster set, The March to the White House “A Commemorative Journey Through History.” highlighting the election of Barack Obama, the first Black President of The United States.