Colette Langston

Principal, Swenson Arts and Technology High School
School District of Philadelphia
2017 Neubauer Fellow
Grade Level
9th - 12th
Student Enrollment
School/Org Neighborhood
M.A. English, Arcadia University
B.A. English and Secondary Education, Holy Family University
Administrative Certification, Cheyney University
Career & Technical Education Director Certification, PACTA, PA Department of Education
“As an administrator for over 15 years, the Neubauer Fellowship has breathed new life into my practice! The collaboration with other principals, high quality relevant professional development, and interaction with leaders in education, government, and business enhanced my skill set in ways that make me a better principal.”

Colette has served as the principal of Swenson Arts and Technology High School since 2013. As principal of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school, she focuses on enhanced integration, equity, and rigor in academic and vocational education to ensure that all Swenson graduates are prepared for college and careers.

Under her leadership, students increased participation in dual enrollment programs at the Community College of Philadelphia and the DC21 Finishing Trades Institute, along with Comcast internships and Architecture, Consruction, and Engineering (AC) Mentoring opportunities. Students participating in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Swenson collectively earn over 200 industry certifications annually. Swenson also achieved a 13% improvement in students scoring proficient or advanced on the Algebra 1 Keystone and an 11% increase in the number of students attending school at least 95% of the time. In addition, Swenson has an annual graduation rate above 95%.

Colette has been an educator since 1992. Prior to becoming a principal, Colette served as an assistant principal, English department chair, small learning community coordinator, CTE teacher, and English teacher. Colette was born in Newry, Northern Ireland, grew up in Philadelphia, and graduated from Saint Hubert High School for Girls.