Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Michael Farrell
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Fellow Profiles




M.S. Education – Educational Leadership,

Administrative Certification,

Bank Street College of Education


B.A. Education and American Studies,

La Salle University

Michael Farrell

Deputy Chief of Leadership Development, School District of Philadelphia
2016 Neubauer Fellow

“Our schools are the backbone of our city. Other than being a teacher, I can’t think of a more important job that supports our children, schools, and city to prepare the children of Philadelphia to lead our city into its vibrant future.”

Prior to becoming the Deputy Chief of Leadership Development for the School District of Philadelphia in 2019, Michael served as the principal of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School (Penn Alexander School) beginning in 2016. Under his leadership, Penn Alexander School was twice named a city-wide leader for K-8 schools on the School Progress Report.


Michael has been an educator since 2007. Prior to becoming a principal, Michael served as a founding principal with Mastery Charter Schools, a learning support coordinator, and a special education math teacher. Michael is the founder and board chair of the GLSEN Philadelphia chapter, a member of the School District of Philadelphia Principal Professional Development Committee, and serves on the University of Pennsylvania’s Schools and Community Advisory Board. Michael received the Professional Development Partnership Award from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Michael grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School.

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