Shoshana Tyler Saunderson

Principal, Global Leadership Academy Charter School West
Global Academies Schools
2022 Neubauer Fellow
Grade Level
K - 8th
Student Enrollment
School/Org Neighborhood
West Philadelphia
Administrative Certificate, Philadelphia Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools (PhillyPLUS)
M.S.Ed Urban Education, University of Pennsylvania
B.A. Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
“I serve as a principal because every child, regardless of zip code or socioeconomic status, deserves a high-quality educational experience—one that is both academically rigorous and grounded in liberation. Our schools demand transformative leaders committed to building teacher capacity, developing student-centered systems, and producing sustainable results.”

Shoshana has served as the principal of Global Leadership Academy Charter School West since 2016. Under her leadership, Global Leadership Academy achieved a 28% increase in their School Progress Report (SPR) overall score and a 63% increase in their progress score. Global Leadership Academy’s academic growth scores increased 40% in ELA and 70.5% in Math according to Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment (PVAAS).

While Shoshana has served as principal, Global Leadership Academy has received a $10,000 MTSS grant through Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PATTAN) to improve early literacy and received a $10,000 STEM grant to strengthen science and technology courses. Shoshana has also implemented cultural immersion programs at Global Leadership Academy that have students as passport-holding citizens traveling to other countries by 7th grade.

Shoshana has been an educator since 2007. Prior to becoming a principal, Shoshana served as an assistant principal, academy leader (K-2), literacy coordinator, and 4-6th grade teacher. Shoshana was a recipient of Global Leadership Academy’s Teacher of the Year in 2007 and was nominated for the Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009. Shoshana grew up in Brooklyn, NY.