Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Kimberly Ellerbee
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Kimberly Ellerbee

Principal, Samuel Powel Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2015 Neubauer Fellow

“I never planned to enter a career in education. I was called to it. It is my ministry. What drives me is a commitment to please God first, and to make a difference in the lives of children. In this, I am guided by these words from Proverbs: “Trust in the Lord, with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

Kimberly has served as the principal of Samuel Powel Elementary School since 2009. Under her leadership, Samuel Powel Elementary has consistently been identified by the School District of Philadelphia as a peer leader for both climate and achievement indicators on the School Progress Report. In 2017-2018, Powel Elementary made significant gains in students scoring Proficient or Advanced for all subjects on the Pennsylvania System of State Assessment (PSSA) – 5% increase in English Language Arts, 8% increase in Mathematics, and 11% increase in Science. In 2015-16, Powel Elementary was recognized as the second highest performing school in the district for the K-5 grade band. In addition, Powel has secured over $500,00 in grants from PECO to support math and literacy initiatives.


Kimberly received the Robert Poindexter Award for Outstanding Leadership, mentored new and aspiring principals, and serves as a PhillyPLUS host principal for resident principals in training. In addition, Kimberly developed and piloted a highly successful program at Tanners Creek Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia. Kimberly is a founding board member of the Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders and serves on the Advisory Board for the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators.


Kimberly has been an educator since 1991. Prior to becoming principal at Powel Elementary, Kimberly served as Assistant Principal, Intervention Administrator, Regional Director of Instruction, Educational Consultant, Lead Academic Coach, Literacy Specialist, Reading Specialist, and classroom teacher.


Kimberly grew up in Philadelphia and attended Philadelphia High School for Girls.

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