Tiffani Joi Blunt

Principal, Grover Washington Jr. Middle School
School District of Philadelphia
2022 Neubauer Fellow
Grade Level
5th - 8th
Student Enrollment
School/Org Neighborhood
Olney—Oak Lane
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Holy Family University
M.Ed. in Education, Holy Family University
B.A. in Political Science, Temple University
"I serve as a principal because I want all children, especially black and brown children, to know that their education is and should always be a priority. It is their education and innovation that will open doors of opportunity."

Joi has served as the principal of Grover Washington Jr. Middle School since 2018. Under her leadership, Grover Washington Jr. Middle School’s School Progress Report scores increased 28% in overall score, 61% in progress, and 20% in climate during the 2018-2019 school year. In 2021, Grover Washington Jr. Middle School was featured in the Philadelphia Tribune’s “School of the Week.”

Joi has been an educator since 2008. Prior to becoming a principal at Grover Washington, Joi was principal at Julia Ward Howe School from 2017-2018. Under her leadership, Howe was named Top Elementary School in the School District of Philadelphia during the 2017-2018 school year, student attendance increased, and the Home and School Association was established. Prior to becoming a principal, Joi served as a 6th-8th grade math teacher, special education liaison, teacher leader, academic coach, technology teacher leader, testing coordinator, and mentor teacher. Joi grew up in Hillside, NJ.