Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Ariel Lajara
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Special Education Certification,
PreK-12 Administrative Certification,
Cabrini University


B.A. Elementary Education,
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Ariel Lajara

Principal, Honorable Luis Muñoz-Marín Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2019 Neubauer Fellow

“Serving as a principal in my own community is, and has always been, a lifelong dream. I am dedicated to cultivating and sustaining a high performing school for inner city youth. For me, being a Neubauer Fellow allows for opportunities to learn from other transformational leaders across the city of Philadelphia.”

Ariel has served as the principal of Honorable Luis Muñoz- Marín Elementary School since 2016. Under his leadership, Marín has increased the number of students earning Proficient or Advanced on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) from 10% to 25%. Marín has received the Accelerated Improvement Award the past two academic school years and the Exemplary 3 Consecutive Years of SPR Growth Award in 2019 for moving up one tier in SPR scores for two consecutive years.


Ariel has been an educator since 2006. Prior to becoming a principal, Ariel served as a 1st and 5thgrade teacher, director of instruction/behavior, dean of students and assistant principal. Ariel grew up in New York and, after relocating to Philadelphia, attended Olney High School.

2019 Neubauer Fellows Page