Fellow Profiles

Nicole Unegbu-3




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


B.S. Elementary Education,
Central Connecticut State University

Nicole Unegbu

Partnership and Implementation Manager
Children’s Literacy Initiative
2020 Neubauer Fellow

“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.”

In her role as Partnership and Implementation Manager at Children’s Literacy Initiative, Nicole wors with 13 Philadelphia schools and 3 suburban schools to drive an instructional vision that aligns early literacy instruction and practice with culturally and linguistically relevant pedagogy, identity affirmation, and antiracist literacy instruction.


Prior to this role, Nicole served as the principal of New Foundations Charter School (2020-2022) and, prior to that, at St. Thomas Aquinas School, which 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.

2020 Neubauer Fellows Page