Martintoch Mark Roseme
In 2005, I Martintoch Mark Roseme started an organization called “Triple Threat Inc.” D.B.A. The American Academy that Specializes in Serving Our Youth and Our Community.
I am the proud founder of The American Academy, a 501C-3 non-profit organization which I initiated in 2005 and which now strives to help disadvantaged at risk youth, through academic tutoring, athletic coaching and life skill teachings. I have been teaching and helping kids for over 15 years. Within this transcript I will be sharing my story.
At 16, I found myself with no adult supervision and had the sole responsibility of caring for my three younger sisters and 1 younger brother. This unfortunate position made life difficult and as a result, my life was going in the wrong direction. However, a few months later, a chance meeting with a caring and dedicated coach convinced me that I could have a better future. It was the first time I had any adult instill in me the hope and confidence that I could have a great life. With his guidance, I forged on and later that year, completed my degree at American Heritage High School. My life was changed forever. I even went on to complete some college courses and become a productive citizen in my community.
Currently, I am employed by Imagine-Chancellor School as the Athletic Director. I am a dedicated father to my two children, dedicated member of our church and part-time basketball coach, all of which provides me a great opportunity to positively influence kids’ lives. However, I want to give more to the disadvantaged kids, just as a coach did for me long ago.
The American Academy accomplishes their important mission in a number of ways. For example, over the years, we have coordinated basketball tournaments, through collaborative efforts with the Roots Festival in Delray Beach. In the past, Shaquille O’Neal has assisted The American Academy in this event. The proceeds from this tournament were donated to our youth Travel Basketball Team. As a result, Boca News supported The American Academy by identifying the organization as one of Boca News’ favorite charitable organizations. In addition, The American Academy received a “Letter of Appreciation” from the Palm Beach County Mayor, Ms. Lois J. Frankel and in 2013 Palm Beach Post named me South Florida Black Leaders of Today and tomorrow.
The American Academy also initiated and led the Domino’s Pizza Platinum Fundraising Event, which supports the coordination of after school programs for the Forest Park Beacon Center in Boynton Beach Fl. For our efforts, The American Academy received a “Certificate of Appreciation” for helping to build a better future for their students.
Silka Cuba-Ortiz was born and raised in New York City. She started her education career right after 9/11. Before that, she worked in Corporate America running the human resource department at a hedge fund company. Right after the tragic events that took place in New York City, Silka decided to pursue her dream of becoming an educator. She first volunteered at an inner city school in the Bronx, where the resources were scarce and no parent involvement was evident. At the same time, she went back to school where she earned her Master’s in Education and became a certified teacher in the State of New York. She immediately fell in love with those kids and started to work directly with members of the community such as mentoring students for high school, reaching out to the community by visiting students’ homes, tutoring, and being a “Big Sister” to at-risk youth. Parents became responsive to her visits and the students starting attending school more and their reading and math proficiency scores went above the district and state scores.
A few years later, Silka moved with her growing family to West Palm Beach to assist her elderly parents. There, she opened a children’s gym alongside of her husband, Felix. After the 2008 housing crisis, the gym closed. During this time, she continued to work as a teacher at a charter school in which she is still employed for over 14 years. At this school in Florida her principal encouraged her to be a school leader. Once more, she went to school to earn her second Master’s in Educational Leadership and became the Academic Dean at her school. She has been successful writing and implementing curriculum throughout her school and sister schools. Again, her proficiency scores were above the district and state scores. She created small group “center” activities where her teachers wanted to buy the centers because they were effective in learning and interactive. Silka has a habit of going into work before her contracted hours and leaves way after school is over to ensure all her students do their homework and has food to eat. She is a big asset to her school.
Silka is also the director of the summer camp at her school where she is successful in providing all children with a safe and fun environment. In addition, they are being exposed to different field trips where most students have never been to. She wants to ensure that all students have the same opportunity as their peers. Therefore, she does a lot of fundraising in order to make sure that all students are able to attend all field trips.
Lastly, she meets with families from different diverse backgrounds and assists them with their citizenship exams and advocates for them as well. Silka wants to continue to improve communities and impact children of all ages to do greater things in life. She is eager and ready to take on any challenges that may come her way in order to improve tomorrow’s future. With this being said, she has envisioned opening and operating after school programs in order to influence communities with education and awareness of their world around them.
Stacy Harris was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. She has a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design. She worked in sales and administration for seven years before becoming a stay-at-home mom for five years. She has been teaching elementary education for the past four years. She has 11-year-old twins and has resided in Florida with them for eight years. She has had many opportunities to help the local communities, like tutoring at-risk youth, making and serving meals for the homeless, and conducting and organizing outreach events. She comes to American Academy Learning Center with a vast background in many avenues to help administrating, marketing, and social media. She is very excited to extend her work with children into the community, beyond the classroom, and their lives after school work.