Kelly Espinosa

Principal, Fanny Jackson Coppin School
School District of Philadelphia
2020 Neubauer Fellow
Grade Level
K - 8th
Student Enrollment
School/Org Neighborhood
Passyunk Square
M.Ed. Reading Specialist, Principal Certification, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
B.A. Elementary Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
"Being an educator is a special profession – our students make just as much of an impact on us as we do on them. Seeing the excitement in their eyes, the progress they make, and the young leaders they become is a rewarding experience that continually motivates me to expand my professional learning. I am excited to continue my professional growth in the Neubauer Fellowship and apply my learning in my role as the proud principal of Jackson School."

Kelly has served as the principal of Fanny Jackson Coppin School since 2017. Under her leadership, Jackson has achieved a 14% increase in the Overall School Progress Report (SPR) score and a 14% increase in independent reading levels. Additionally, Jackson has achieved a 3.3% increase in proficient/advanced English Language Arts (ELA) Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) scores, a 9.8% increase in proficient/advanced Math PSSA scores and an 18% increase in proficient/advanced Science PSSA scores.

Kelly has been an educator since 2010. Prior to becoming a principal, Kelly served as a teacher and instructional coach. Kelly was also a curriculum writer supporting the opening of Executive Education Academy Charter School. Kelly grew up in Silverdale, PA.