“I became a principal because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. I remain a principal because I love making an impact on students, staff, the broader community, and shaping the future of tomorrow.”
Fatima became principal at Copper Beech Elementary School (Abington, Pennsylvania) in spring 2019. Previously, she served as the principal of Charles W. Henry Elementary in Philadelphia from 2012-2019. Under her leadership, Charles W. Henry increased its Overall School Progress Report (SPR) score by 14% from 2016-17 to 2017-18.
Fatima has been an educator since 1998. She was principal of John B. Kelley Elementary School in Philadelphia from 2009-2012, during which the school received a National Title I Distinguished School Award. In 2018, Fatima received the Lindback Distinguished Leadership Principal award, which recognizes principals who have made significant leadership and humanitarian contributions to his/her school community. In addition, Fatima served as a math coach and 6th grade teacher. Fatima grew up in Philadelphia.