Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | JASON HARRIS
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Fellow Profiles

School Type

District

Grade Levels

PreK – 5

Student Enrollment

400

Neighborhood

Olney

Education

M.S.Ed. Educational Leadership,
Administrative Certification,
Saint Joseph’s University

 

B.S. English Secondary Education,
Temple University

Jason Harris

Principal, Joseph Pennell Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2018 Neubauer Fellow

“I am a reflective practitioner and advocate for public urban education. The Neubauer Fellowship provides an awesome opportunity for me to continue to build my leadership capacity.”

Jason has served as the principal of Joseph Pennell Elementary School since 2011. Under Jason’s leadership, the school increased standardized test scores and reading levels among students in grades K-2 and reduced out-of-school suspensions. Pennell is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Pennsylvania PBIS Implementation Award, Susan B. Komen – Race for the Cure Fundraising Recognition, and First in Math Program Award.

 

Jason has been an educator since 2001. Prior to becoming a principal, Jason served as a middle school English teacher, language arts department chair, dean of students, and advisor to the National Junior Honor Society. Jason also served as principal at Colwyn Elementary and Ardmore Avenue Elementary schools where he led improvements in reading and math scores as well as a major school capital improvement and relocation project. Jason is a recipient of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Philadelphia Distinguished Educator Award. Jason was born in West Philadelphia and grew up in Darby, Pennsylvania.

2018 Neubauer Fellows Page