Meredith Foote

Executive Director
TGR Learning Lab at Cobbs Creek
2018 Neubauer Fellow
Ed.D., Educational LeadershipUniversity of Pennsylvania
M.A., Educational Leadership, Administrative Certification, Columbia University
B.A., English Literature, Haverford College
“I became a Neubauer Fellow because I want to learn from the best principals in the city and engage in meaningful professional development that will help me improve student outcomes for all children at OEC.”

Meredith serves as the Executive Director of TGR Learning Lab at Cobbs Creek. Previously, she was the principal of Overbrook Educational Center from 2014-2023. The school prepares students by honoring diverse learners and providing excellent instruction for all students, including students who have an individualized education plan (IEP). For the 2020-21 School Progress Report on Education and Equity, OEC received parent ratings of 9.8/10 on school climate and 9/10 on school instruction. Also in 2020-2021, OEC ensured 84% of students attended 90% or more of days and exceeded the district target for students by 4.6%.

During the 2018-2019 school year, the School District of Philadelphia recognized OEC for making five years of consistent improvement on the School Progress Report increasing by 39% from 29% in 2014-2015 to 68% in 2018-2019. Student proficiency on the PSSA math section doubled from 14% in 2015-2016 to 28% in 2017-2018. In 2019, OEC was designated a Community School by the Mayor’s Office of Education, a designation that helped them garner, in partnership with the city, $985,000 for the Overbrook Educational Slow Zone project in 2022. During the 2015-2016 school year, the School District of Philadelphia recognized OEC as a School Progress Report Peer Leader for K-8.

OEC is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Family-School Partnership, Philadelphia Home and School Make a Difference, and Literacy Alliance Sustainability awards. In 2019, through the generosity of The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia in partnership with The Hess Foundation, OEC school opened an inclusive outdoor playground space specially designed for visually impaired children. OEC was also awarded a Whirlpool Care Counts Laundry Program grant in 2019 through Teach for America. Meredith is grateful to lead the most delightful, kind, hardworking students in the city who are instructed by a positive, loving, committed staff.

Meredith has been an educator since 2006. Prior to becoming principal, Meredith served as a high school English teacher and chief innovation officer for Camden Street School in Newark, New Jersey. In 2022, she received a Lindback Award for Distinguished Principals. Meredith grew up in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.