Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Aaron Gerwer
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Center City


M.A. Education for Special Education,

Arcadia University


M.A. English,

National University

Aaron Gerwer

Head of School, Philadelphia Performing Arts High School
String Theory Charter School
2017 Neubauer Fellow

“I am the type of leader interested in building consensus and supporting teachers and students to become the best versions of themselves.”

Aaron has served as the Head of School for Philadelphia Performing Arts High School since 2018. Previously, Aaron was principal of Science Leadership Academy where he increased the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced on the Biology Keystone by 29%. Aaron also established an inquiry-based teacher-to-teacher mentorship program and co-designed a weeklong, interdisciplinary community partnership experience for students at Science Leadership Academy.


Aaron has been an educator since 2003. Prior to becoming a principal, Aaron served as co-principal, intern principal, special education teacher, and high school English teacher. Aaron received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2013 and National Liberty Museum Teacher as Hero Award. Aaron grew up in Sacramento, California.

2017 Neubauer Fellows Page