Fellow Profiles

Nicole Unegbu-3

School Type

Charter School

Grade Levels


Student Enrollment



Northeast Philadelphia


M.S. Educational Leadership,
Administrative Certification,
Chestnut Hill College


B.S. Elementary Education,
Central Connecticut State University

Nicole Unegbu

Principal, New Foundations Charter School
New Foundations Charter School
2020 Neubauer Fellow

“I serve as a principal because I believe all children deserve a high-quality education, and I want to support teachers in providing an exceptional learning experience for children. Also, growing up I did not have teachers, much less school administrators, that looked like me. Representation matters in schools for both students and staff.”

Nicole has served as the principal of New Foundations Charter School since 2020. Under her leadership at a previous school, St. Thomas Aquinas School achieved 65% of students at or above the 50th percentile on the Terra Nova test in math and 75% of students in reading.  Additionally, in 2020, St. Thomas Aquinas moved 2 points up to a score of 6 (out of 10) on the Great Philly Schools overall rating reflecting growth in academics, attendance and school climate


Nicole has been an educator since 2002.  Prior to becoming a principal, Nicole served as a teacher and assistant principal.  Nicole is a Leading Systems Fellow and a member of the INITIATIVE network, a group of African American educators dedicated to support and leadership in urban schools.   Nicole grew up in Plainville, CT.

2020 Neubauer Fellows Page