Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Kate Sylvester
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Fellow Profiles

School Type

District

Grade Levels

K-5

Student Enrollment

519

Neighborhood

Northeast

Education

M.A. Education Policy Studies,

George Washington University

 

M.S. School Leadership,

Administrative Certification,

University of Pennsylvania

 

B.S. Elementary Education,

Drexel University

Kate Sylvester

Principal, Watson T. Comly Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2017 Neubauer Fellow

“I serve as a principal because every child deserves access to a rigorous curriculum, inclusion in high-quality instruction, and the ability to take ownership of their learning in an environment of joy, unconditional love, and acceptance.”

Kate Sylvester has served as the principal of Watson T. Comly Elementary School since 2015. Under her leadership, Watson T. Comly moved from a “watch” school to a “model” school on the School Progress Report and increased scores by 6% in English Language Arts and math and nearly 2% in science. Comly also received an award for Most Improved Elementary School from the School District of Philadelphia.

 

Kate has been an educator since 2002. Prior to becoming a principal, Kate served as instructional reform facilitator, school-based teacher leader, and middle school teacher. Kate grew up in Flourtown, Pennsylvania.

2017 Neubauer Fellows Page