MPA, Excellence in teaching

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Some words about The Masters Preparatory Academy...

Restoring the hope, Repairing the harm


The Masters Preparatory Academy is an all-male, grade 7-12, boarding school designed to serve African American boys from across the state of Ohio and surrounding states. The scholars will embark upon a social, emotional, and academic transformation through the core values of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Resiliency, Integrity, Selflessness, Uniqueness, Solidarity, Faith, Responsibility, and Relentlessness. Students will learn the methods and skills of high academic excellence through a structured, individualized, rigorous curriculum. Students will acquire and apply leadership skills such as, goal-setting, character development, problem-solving, critical thinking, integrity, self-reliance, resiliency, and commitment to helping others. All of the young men will be required to serve their school, community, region, and nation. Extracurricular activities and opportunities for mentoring and internships will be available for all students.


A primary function of the entire MPA organization is to provide all students with opportunities to demonstrate participatory citizenship and leadership. MPA officers and administrators will unceasingly labor to augment its curriculum to include advanced work in mathematics, science and literacy. Emphasis will be placed at both ends of the academic spectrum: strongly encouraging AP and dual enrollment class participation while utilizing multiple, differentiated, and culturally responsive instructional strategies to address gaps in students’ academic skills. Through professional and personal development, all MPA students and teachers will be proficient with state of the art technology.

The Masters Preparatory Academy (MPA) will provide students with a complete high school experience within a safe school environment where all students are free to learn and excel. MPA’s total emphasis will be focused on student success. Our school environment will help form and encourage personalized learning communities that support the social, emotional, and academic development of all students. Students will be inspired to use their critical thinking and problem solving skills to achieve success.

MPA will identify a successful student as one who 1) scores proficient or better on state and national standardized tests; 2) graduates from high school; 3) either thrives after in college or flourishes in a chosen profession; and 4) consistently displays behavior that is productive and contributes in a positive way to the community.


The mission of the school is to provide a high quality, comprehensive, and relevant education for urban males by increasing their educational resilience and forming personalized learning communities that support the social, emotional, and academic development of each student. Students will develop problem solving, critical thinking, character building skills and be guided by scholarship, leadership, and service, This will be accomplished through the college prep, real world, and rigorous curriculum designed to empower them with the knowledge, skills and academic ability to attend four-year colleges or pursue a chosen career, lead productive lives, and become contributing members of society.

We are a Non-Profit Organization

The Masters Preparatory Academy is a tax exempt organization (501c3). All donations, not considered as whole or partial exchanges of goods or services are tax deductible.

MPA Board Members...

Marlissa Hughes Stauffer, Ph.D.
Ohio Dominican University, Associate Professor

Marlissa Hughes Stauffer, Ph.D., was a former high school English teacher and debate coach. One of her greatest joys is receiving emails from former students who have gone on to contribute to the world -- as a pastor, teacher, lawyer, nurse, coach, doctor, accountant, Ranger, creator of a nonprofit, businessman or businesswoman, sportscaster, pianist, advocate, professor, parent, and more. Investing in students inspires her.

J. Tracy Robinson

J. Tracy Robinson has been a leader locally and nationally on strengthening families. Mr. Robinson has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Oberlin College and a Master’s Degree in Education from The Ohio State University. Mr. Robinson is the President of the Instructional Technology Scholars Association. Mr. Robinson has provided one on one mentoring to fathers, managed local, state and national fatherhood programs.

Tim Brown

Tim Brown is an author, educator, coach, and motivational speaker who has inspired youth and adults in the Central Ohio area for more than a decade. He is an ordained minister and serves as a Camp Ministry Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Tim has used his unique combination of skills and experiences to create the essence of his new book release, Uncommon Athletes, a powerful, insightful work that is the second in the Uncommon Life series. Uncommon Athletes was written to challenge athletes to develop an uncommon Identity and find the path that leads to greatness.

Carolyn Murphy

Carolyn is the wife of MPA Founder/CEO, Dr. Robert L. Murphy. Carolyn retired after 37 years of service from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Fair Housing Director where she enforced federal civil rights laws throughout the States of Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning, a Masters Degree in Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. She has been a member of World Harvest Church for over 30 years and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Tropic Sun Towers, a timeshare resort in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Jasper Person

Mr. Jasper Person is the CIO for Get CR8V Institute, One of the working Founders for Masters Preparatory Academy, Director of the MLK Civic Council Central Ohio Division, Educational Consultant for Visionary Leadership Institute, director of development and student engagement for FINISHERS INC., Legislative Aide for Columbus City Council, and the founder of The Chosen Few (TCF) Physical and Personal Training Association. While board member of Athletes in Action (Great Lakes Region) and National African American Male Wellness Walk committee. Mr. Person’s accomplishments and advice can be found on,, and various Social Media platforms.

Some words about our founder...

Dr. Robert L. Murphy

Bob Murphy

A Brief Bio

During a career spanning nearly 40 years, Dr. Murphy has demonstrated the ability to provide educational leadership in very diverse settings and has achieved positive and measurable outcomes in each arena. He has been an administrator, teacher, coach, counselor, mentor, confidant, and friend in several schools. He has had the opportunity to see many former students, who felt that they were relegated to live out the negative experiences of their childhood, overcome their adversities and become successful, productive adults. Dr. Murphy has consistently provided leadership with the goal of creating a climate that enables students to maximize their potential, enables teachers to perform at their highest, and enables parents to be comfortable about being actively involved in their child’s education. He has been a positive role model to students, teachers, parents, and administrators. He has had the opportunity to be in this business long enough to hire some of his former students, and they are now his colleagues. Dr. Murphy is deeply committed to working with urban (inner city) students and he plans to continue being a positive influence in their lives for as long as God gives him the strength to continue. He is also deeply committed to expanding and creating educational opportunities for African American males through the creation and expansion of single-gender public schools.

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