Our Founders

ConwayDr. Joseph Conway

Dr. Joseph Conway is the co-founder of Camden’s Promise Charter School, Camden Academy Charter High School and Camden’s Pride Charter School. In 1998, Camden’s Promise first opened its doors for the children of Camden for the middle school level child. Following middle school, these students went on to Camden Academy Charter High School and have successfully gone on to colleges and universities throughout the country.

Dr. Conway received his doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2004. In addition, he also received a master’s in secondary science education from City College in New York, as well as a dual degree in biology and in theology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

He was introduced to the urban environment through Teach for America while teaching science in the South Bronx from 1992-1997. Since that time he has dedicated his life to the education of children in urban America.

In addition, Dr. Conway also teaches at Holy Family University, as a graduate professor. He also mentors other charter school principals and administrators, as well as serving on a number of non-profit boards.


HelmbrechtBill Helmbrecht

Bill Helmbrecht currently holds a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences, master’s in education and master’s of library service from Rutgers University. Bill has spent the past 15 years in the education profession, beginning as a librarian for Rutgers University.

He has also spent the past 12 years in Camden City developing the schools of the Camden’s Charter School Network. These schools have been cited by Congressman Robert Andrews in the Congressional Record for their excellent record as models for educational reform and most recently the high school has been recognized as being in the nation’s top 10% of schools by US News & World Report.

Additionally Mr. Helmbrecht has served as a consultant to many charter school founder groups as well as on many local non-profit boards.