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KaTiedra Argro

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West Philadelphia


M.S. Educational Administration, Gwynedd University

M.S. Ed. Reading Specialist, Gwynedd University

B.S. Elementary Education, Temple University

KaTiedra Argro

Principal, Commodore John Barry Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2022 Neubauer Fellow

As a principal, I have the ability to impact hundreds of scholars by building capacity of the staff that I lead. Neubauer invest in transforming leaders to make a difference in the inner city where I believe public education has the ability to grow as well as foster self-sufficient leaders and citizens of the 21st century.”

KaTiedra has served as the principal of Commodore John Barry Elementary School since 2019. Under her leadership, John Barry has implemented a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, which includes a PBIS arcade room. John Barry’s STAR Student Growth Performance in reading increased 7.1% and increased 6.7% in math. KaTiedra also implemented strategic small groups at John Barry, where staff use common planning time to focus on using data to drive small group instruction and professional development aligned with PA school standards.


KaTiedra has been an educator since 2003.  Prior to becoming a principal, KaTiedra served as a youth advocate, 5-8 math teacher, 5-8 special education teacher, 5-8 special education liaison, 5-8 director of mentally gifted programs, 7-8 math and science instructional coach, director of specialized services, special education case manager, early intervention special instructor, and assistant principal. KaTiedra has served on the School District of Philadelphia’s Principal Advisory Board, Before Care and After Care Extra Curricula Principal Planning Team, and Professional Learning Cycle Planning Team. She has also served as a Professional Development Facilitator to support equity initiatives at SDP and as the Local 502 Commonwealth Association of School Administrators Steward. KaTiedra grew up in the Fairhill Housing project in North Philadelphia, PA. KaTiedra is a Philadelphia High School for Girls’ graduate Class 243.

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