Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Performance Partners Program – Overview
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Performance Partners Program


The Performance Partners Program is designed to support high-potential Philadelphia principals (“Performance Partners”) to achieve their most significant school goals and deepen the skills necessary to drive growth in student outcomes. With a specific focus on bolstering instructional leadership skills, each Performance Partner is paired with a high-performing principal – an alum of the Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership (“Senior Fellow”) – who shares expertise, encouragement, and skills utilizing a coaching approach. Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders is proud to partner with Skyrocket Educator Training to develop and facilitate program content and training sessions.


The application to become a Performance Partner will launch on Friday, April 23.  If you would like to be included on the email list to receive information about the application or are interested in learning more about the program, please email  To nominate a Philadelphia district, charter, or faith-based principal for the program, click here.


Senior Fellows are invited to be coaches based on demonstration of exceptional school leadership and interest in building their capacity to mentor and develop other leaders.

What we provide

Over the course of a year, the Performance Partners Program aims to:


  • Support principals (Performance Partners) to achieve significant student achievement goals by improving instructional coaching practices and systems for a targeted cohort of teachers
  • Support Neubauer Fellowship alumni (Senior Fellows) to develop their coaching skills to mentor other principals and increase their leadership across school systems
  • Increase participants’ commitment to Philadelphia by developing a network of support


Performance Partners receive one-on-one support to achieve school-based goals, build their ability to increase student outcomes, and improve their candidacy for the Neubauer Fellowship.

2020 – 2021 Performance Partners Program Participants


Christine Borelli – Benjamin Franklin High School

Khadijah Bright – Kennedy Crossan School

Michael Calderone – Frankford High School

Shakae Dupre-Campbell – Middle Years Alternative

Jodan Floyd – AMY Northwest Middle School

Luke Hostetter – C.C.A. Baldi Middle School

Brian Johnson – Tilden Middle School

Letisha Laws – Mastery Cleveland

Joshua Levinson – Lankenau High School

John Piniat – Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences

Marisol Rivera Rodriguez – Juniata Park Academy

Michael Roth – Olney School

Shakeera Warthen – F. Amedee Bregy School

Chris Zagacki – Freire Charter School

Performance Partners

Tiffani Joi Blunt – Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School

Genevieve Byrd – Belmont Charter High School

Monique Dolcy – Mastery Charter Frederick Douglass Elementary

Elana Galli – Isaac A. Sheppard School

Suzanne Hughes – Belmont Charter Elementary

Rodney Johnson – John Moffet School

Joy Kingwood – Rhawnhurst Elementary School

Courtney Lemon-Tate – Holy Cross Catholic School, IMS

Leigh McLinden – George W. Sharswood School

Sean Murray – John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School

Flannery O’Connor – Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

Jayda Pugliese– St. Mary Interparochial School

Naeemah Seward – Mastery Charter Hardy Williams High School

Isaiah Walker – KIPP Philadelphia Preparatory Academy – Middle Grades

“This program provided an opportunity for me to form a relationship with a principal at a school similar to my own. My Senior Fellow was a meaningful thought partner who supported me and provided a safe space to review ideas.”

Lauren Overton

Principal, Penn Alexander School

2017 Performance Partner and 2018 Neubauer Fellow

“Being a thought partner for specific scenarios positively impacted my leadership by allowing me to practice ‘coaching’ and guidance without directing. The repeated check-ins allowed continuous and deeper dives into challenges and joint discovery of concrete solutions.”

Sharon Marino 

Principal, Alexander McClure School

2017 and 2018 Performance Partner Coach; 2016 Neubauer Fellow