Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | April Brown
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Fellow Profiles

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School Type

District

Grade Levels

K-8

Student Enrollment

285

Neighborhood

Fairmount/Francisville

Education

M.S.Ed. Elementary Education,
Administrative Certification,
Cabrini University

 

M.Ed. Elementary Education,
Chestnut Hill College

 

B.A. Liberal Arts,
Franklin & Marshall College

April Brown

Principal, Laura Wheeler Waring Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2020 Neubauer Fellow

“I serve as a principal to educate students and families for liberation through an equity and social justice lens.”

April has served as the principal of Laura Wheeler Waring Elementary School since 2016. Under her leadership, Waring Elementary School’s K-5th grades achieved an 18.9% increase in the year-over-year AIMSweb Assessment reading scores and a 17% increase of students reading on grade level.  Additionally, the school has been recognized for three years of positive growth on the School Progress Report (SPR) for improvements in attendance and climate.

 

April has been an educator since 2001.  Prior to becoming a principal, April served as teacher, professional development specialist, adjunct professor and assistant principal.  In 2018-2019 April was a participant in the Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders’ Performance Partner program.  In 2019, April was a recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Principal Leadership. April grew up in Philadelphia, PA and attended Bodine High School for International Affairs.

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