Fellow Profiles

School Type


Grade Levels

PreK – 5

Student Enrollment



West Oak Lane


M.S. Educational Administration,
Administrative Certification,
Gwynedd Mercy University


B.S. Education,
Milllersville University

Donna Ragsdale

Principal, Prince Hall Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2018 Neubauer Fellow

“I serve as a principal so that I can make a difference in the lives of students and parents and produce productive citizens who will be able to take care of themselves and family members as they get older. I want to expose students to activities that they may not experience if they attend a different school. I am a principal so that I can make a difference in the world one child at a time. I believe if we invest in schools, we can eliminate prison.”

Donna has served as the principal of Prince Hall Elementary School since 2011. Under Donna’s leadership, the school achieved four straight years of improvement on the district’s School Progress Report (SPR). Prince Hall also improved student attendance, increasing students with 95% attendance from 38% to 48%. In 2018-19 Prince Hall had zero students with in-school suspensions and 98.6% of students had no out-of-school suspensions. In addition, the school was a winner of the district’s Mad Breakfast Challenge for increasing the school’s breakfast participation rate from 46% to 89%.


Donna has been an educator since 1998. Prior to becoming a principal, Donna served as an elementary and middle school teacher, school-based math teacher leader, and dean of students. She also served as principal of James Alcorn School. Donna served on the Neighborhood Network VI Principal Advisory Board from 2018 to 2020. Donna grew up in Philadelphia and attended Murrell Dobbins High School.

2018 Neubauer Fellows Page