Fellow Profiles

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North Philadelphia


Ed.D. Educational Leadership,
Nova Southeastern University


M.Ed. Secondary Science Education,
Administrative Certification,
University of Pennsylvania


B.S. Biology,
Xavier University of Louisiana

Jeannine Payne

Principal, Richard Wright Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2019 Neubauer Fellow

“What I want for our students is far from what is offered, or sometimes made readily available by society. It is through our intentional planning and sustained action that opportunities are created for their success and set a path for achievement for school and beyond.”

Jeannine has served as the principal of Richard Wright Elementary School since 2015. Under her leadership, Richard Wright became a Mayor’s Office of Education designated Community School, moved from “Intervene” to “Watch” on the School Progress Report (SPR) and was recognized by Great Philly Schools as a school of High Academic Growth with a three-year average growth index in English/Language Arts.


Jeannine has been an educator since 1999.  Prior to becoming a principal, Jeannine served as high school teacher, small learning community coordinator, and high school assistant principal. Jeannine also received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Distinguished Leadership Award in 2017. Jeannine grew up in Philadelphia and attended Central High School (251!).

2019 Neubauer Fellows Page