Charlotte Gillum

Principal, Lewis Elkin Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2020 Neubauer Fellow
Grade Level
K - 4th
Student Enrollment
School/Org Neighborhood
M.Ed. Educational Leadership, M.Ed. Elementary Education, Administrative Certification, Cheyney University
B.A. Psychology, West Virginia University
"I serve as a principal because I believe in the freedom that accompanies a quality education. I became a Neubauer Fellow to grow in my capacity for transformational leadership and align with leaders committed to addressing the systemic oppression affecting the children and families I serve."

Charlotte has served as the principal of Lewis Elkin Elementary School since 2017. Under her leadership, Lewis Elkin Elementary School achieved an 18% increase of K-1st grade students on target on the AIMSwebb Assessment, a 52% increase on standardized assessments on the 2018 School Progress Report (SPR) and a 10% increase in the number of students attending school 95% or better of scheduled time.

Charlotte has been an educator since 2000. Prior to becoming a principal, Charlotte served in social work, transitioning into education as a literacy intern, then as a teacher, and a dean. Charlotte sits on the School District of Philadelphia’s Opioid Task Force. Charlotte grew up in the Bronx, NY.