Leader Coach

As a Leader Coach, Jovan, who is also a 2019 Neubauer Fellowplays an instrumental role in supporting the organizational vision of achieving educational equity in Philadelphia so every child has an educational experience that prepares them for success

 

Grounded in the ideology that education is a form of liberation, Jovan is a lifelong learner and leader that believes in creating spaces where all students can thrive and realize their fullest potential. As an educator that has focused on the social-emotional learning and growth in school communities, she believes that to create great classrooms that allow students to grow and learn, we must focus on the whole person of both students and staff.   

 

Beginning her educational career teaching sexuality-based education, Jovan has spent the last 15 years serving in Philadelphia in both the School District of Philadelphia and Mastery Charter. Jovan began teaching Biology and Environmental Science for grades 9-12 before being promoted to Assistant Principal, and then Principal, serving as Principal of Kensington Urban Education Academy and Grover Washington Jr. Middle School prior to taking on the principalship at Girard Academic Music Program in 2018. As the school’s first principal of color, and with a focus on restorative practice and student voice, Jovan’s leadership elevated GAMP’s success metrics in attendance (increase in the number of students attending 95% or more), graduation (a 12.4% increase in the number of 9th-grade students on track to graduate), and academic achievement (a 9% increase in science achievement on the Pennsylvania System of State Assessment (PSSA)). In 2021, GAMP was named a Blue Ribbon School for Excellence.  

 

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jovan has earned a Bachelor of Health and Sports Studies from Miami University (OH), a Master of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, and a Master of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary. Jovan is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.