Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Christopher Zagacki
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Fellow Profiles

School Type

Charter

Grade Levels

5-8

Student Enrollment

496

Neighborhood

Center City West

Education

M.S. Educational Leadership, Administrative Certification,

Temple University

 

M.S. Middle Childhood Special Education,

CUNY Brooklyn College

 

B.S. Sports Management and Leisure Studies,

New York University

Christopher Zagacki

Principal, Freire Charter Middle School
Freire Charter
2017 Neubauer Fellow

“At the heart of any school needs to be a leader who creates a safe and real environment that is overflowing with love. I am a principal because every student deserves to experience that safety, that realness, but most importantly, that love.”

Christopher has served as the principal of Freire Charter Middle School since 2014. Under his leadership, Freire Charter Middle School was ranked in the Top 10 for middle schools in Philadelphia according to the city-wide School Progress Report for two years in a row (2016-17 and 2017-18). Freire had the state’s third highest growth in English Language Arts in 2016 and 2017 and the state’s highest growth in Math on state standardized tests in 2017-2018. Freire is also the only school to score a 100 in the progress category of the School Progress Report for two consecutive years (2016-17 and 2017-2018).

 

Christopher has been an educator since 2007. Prior to becoming a principal, Christopher served as a Director of Special Education, an adaptive physical education teacher for students with autism, and a 9th grade special education teacher. Christopher grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Roman Catholic High School.

2017 Neubauer Fellows Page