Fellow Profiles

School Type


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Administrative Certification,

Cheyney University


Superintendent Letter of Eligibility,

Saint Joseph’s University


M.A. Education,

Cabrini College


B.A. Education, Elementary Education and Early Childhood Certification,

West Chester University

Colleen Bowen

Principal, Clara Barton Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2017 Neubauer Fellow

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  -Maya Angelou

Colleen has served as the principal of Clara Barton Elementary School since 2009. Under Colleen’s leadership, the school transformed the literacy instructional program to a Readers and Writers Workshop model and increased its School Progress Report overall rating one full level.


Colleen has been an educator since 1991.  Prior to becoming a principal, Colleen served as assistant principal, ALPS principal resident, secondary placement officer, small learning community coordinator, and elementary school teacher. Colleen grew up in Upper Darby, PA.

2017 Neubauer Fellows Page