Joanne Beaver

Interim Principal, The Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP)
School District of Philadelphia
2019 Neubauer Fellow
Grade Level
5th - 12th
Student Enrollment
School/Org Neighborhood
South Philadelphia
M.Ed. Leadership, Administrative Certification Program, Gwynedd Mercy College of Education
M.Ed. Elementary Education, B.A. Communications, Temple University
"I serve as a Principal in Philadelphia because I believe in the capacity and ability of every child. As a principal, I have the opportunity to create an environment for students that is safe, supportive, loving and where students feel valued, and therefore want to come to school and learn. Education is the key to advancement, and it is our duty as educators to prepare every student to be the best citizens they can be."

Joanne is currently serving as the interim principal of Girard Academic Music Program(GAMP). Previously, she was the principal at Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) from 2015 – 2023. Under her leadership, CAPA decreased serious incidents and drastically reduced out of school suspensions. As a result, CAPA received the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Award for improving student achievement.

Joanne began her career as an educator since 1988. Prior to becoming a principal, Joanne served as school-based teacher-leader, and principal resident in the Academy of Leadership for Philadelphia Schools (ALPS). Joanne is a recipient of the Rose Lindenbaum Excellence in School Improvement Award, the Lindback Award for excellence in eduaction, and the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators Beyond the Call of Duty Award. Joanne was inducted into the Northeast High School Hall of Fame. Joanne grew up in Philadelphia and attended Northeast High School.