Fellow Profiles

School Type


Grade Levels


Student Enrollment



Strawberry Mansion


M.S. Educational Administration,
Administrative Certification,
Gwynedd Mercy University


B.S. Education,
Temple University

Gianeen Anyika

Principal, James G. Blaine School
School District of Philadelphia
2018 Neubauer Fellow

“I serve as a principal because I want to help change lives and provide opportunities for my students to achieve their goals. I became a Neubauer Fellow to help strengthen my skills and collaborate with other great leaders in Philadelphia to improve my work at Blaine.”

Gianeen has served as the principal of James G. Blaine School since 2008. Under her leadership, Blaine achieved 76% growth on standardized assessments and progress towards graduation in 2016-17. The school recently implemented a school-wide positive behavior support program. In 2014, Blaine received a $1.5 million grant for school transformation from the Philadelphia School Partnership.


Gianeen has been an educator since 1999. Prior to becoming a principal, Gianeen served as a middle school teacher, dean of students, and assistant principal. She is a mentor for PhillyPLUS residents and a graduate of the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education Program for Administrators (NAATE). Gianeen grew up in Stratford, Connecticut.

2018 Neubauer Fellows Page