Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | CHUANIKA SANDERS-THOMAS
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M.A. Educational Administration,
Administrative Certification,
Temple University


B.S. Education,
Temple University

Chuanika Sanders-Thomas

Principal, James Logan School
School District of Philadelphia
2018 Neubauer Fellow

“My passion to serve as a principal is fueled by my experiences growing up as a student in the School District of Philadelphia. Through these experiences, I am able to see the uniqueness in every child and recognize their potential to be a leader. I became a Neubauer Fellow because I desire to increase my leadership skills and enhance my ability to develop talent and grow new leaders.”

Chuanika has served as the principal of James Logan School since 2009. Under Chuanika’s leadership, Logan increased the number of students attending 95% of days or more by 7% during the 2017-2018 school year, decreased the number of students scoring in the below basic category in 4th grade ELA, and increased student achievement in 5th grade math. The school won top awards for student participation in the district’s annual technology fair every year since 2015. In 2012, Logan was recognized as a Best Practice School for Safety and Climate. Logan is one of nine community schools in Philadelphia.


Chuanika has been an educator since 1999. Prior to becoming a principal, Chuanika served as an elementary and middle school teacher, teacher leader, and assistant principal. She also served as principal of Penn Wood Middle School where student achievement grew in math and reading in the PSSA assessment. Chuanika is a recipient of the Senate of Pennsylvania’s Certificate of Recognition and Ruth Hayre Service Award and a nominee for the Lindback Distinguished Principal Award. Chuanika grew up in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts.

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