WAY Academy - Widening Advancements for Youth - East Campus

Meet The Staff


Paul Tregembo Jr.

Assistant Director



Paul Tregembo Jr. had grown up around cars his entire life, with dreams of teaching high school auto shop, just as his father and grandfather had done before him.

While still attending Macomb Community College at age 20, Tregembo Jr. was sought after by several districts to teach vocational shop classes, and by the time he transferred to Wayne State University for his Bachelor’s Degree, he has working for three different districts simultaneously.

Tregembo brings his 30 years’ experience teaching Career Technical Education (CTE) programs to WAY Academy, along with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Central Michigan University, and a lifelong commitment to seeing students succeed both in the classroom and in the workforce.

Students under Tregembo’s instruction have captured an International Show Car Association (ISCA) Championship in 2010, as well built the first high school project car to compete for the prestigious “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” (AMBR) Award at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.

After hearing of the decline of shop programs during the 2010 ISCA-run, Tregembo decided to launch a program that could provide vocational training to students across the Detroit Area, regardless of district.

The result was DRIVE One (or DRIVE One Detroit), a non-profit whom we have teamed with to provide students career training and employment in areas such as Automotive Technology, Machining, Welding, Woodworking, and Transportation Design up to 16 hours a week.

Mr. Tregembo’s experience both in education and industry is invaluable, and we’re excited to have him on our WAY Team.


Jody Godman

Team Leader



Jody Godman has been working in education for the past 25 years. Her experience ranges from middle school (8 years) and high school (5 years) to community colleges (4 years) and universities (8 years). She knows what it takes to help students succeed and move on to bright futures.

She is currently studying at Oakland University to obtain her PhD in Educational Leadership and has obtained Masters Degrees in both Teaching and Counseling. She also has an Education Specialist (EdS) degree from OU.

She is a fully Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a State of Michigan Certified Teacher and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She also holds an Administrator's Certificate.

She is proud to work with the students in the DRIVE One program at WAY Academy East knowing that these students are not only obtaining a fully accredited high school diploma, they are also training in highly skilled professions. Students graduating will have their choices of colleges, skilled trade training institutions or highly paid employment opportunities.

Jody is excited to help these students graduate and move on to bright and successful futures.