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. Each Performance Partner is paired with a high-performing current or previous principal – an alum of the Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership (“Senior Fellow”) – who shares expertise, encouragement, and skills utilizing a goals-based peer support approach.


Performance Partners are invited to apply to the the program based on their potential to become future Neubauer Fellows. Senior Fellows are invited 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 their most significant school and leadership development goals while honing critical skills to drive growth in student outcomes
  • Support Neubauer Fellowship alumni (Senior Fellows) to develop their coaching skills to mentor other leaders while preparing for future school system leadership roles (e.g., assistant superintendent)
  • 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. Senior Fellows receive a $2,000 honorarium for their full participation in the one-year program.

2019-2020 Performance Partners Program Participants


Christine Borelli – Benjamin Franklin High School

Michael Calderone – Frankford High School

Natalie Catin St. Louis – Nebinger Elementary

Toni Damon – Murrell Dobbins CTE High School

Ted Domers – G.W. Carver High School of Engineering and Science

Shakae Dupre-Campbell – Middle Years Alternative

Tamara Edwards – Thomas K. Finletter

Sharif El-Mekki – Center for Black Educator Development

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

Brian Johnson – Tilden Middle School

Pheng Lim – Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School

Andrew Lukov – Southwark School

Tim McKenna – Central High School

Shakeera Warthen – F. Amedee Bregy School

Chris Zagacki – Freire Charter School

Performance Partners

Sherri Arabia – John H. Webster Elementary

Christian Aument – Mercy Career & Technical High School

April Brown – Laura W. Waring School

Alexa Dunn – W.B. Saul High School

Rauchaun DuPree – The Benjamin Comegys Elementary School

Crystal Edwards – W.D. Kelley School

Christine Gullotti – Belmont Charter Middle School

Nicholas Huck – St. Helena-Incarnation Catholic School, IMS

Lillian Izzard – Samuel Fels High School

Meaghann Lawson – Mastery Shoemaker Campus

Charlotte Maddox – Lewis Elkin Elementary

RJ McDaniel – Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School

Prerna Srivastava – John Welsh Elementary

Gretchen Stewart – Vare-Washington Elementary

Tom Szczesny – Dobson Elementary

“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, William M. Meredith 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