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M.S.Ed. Secondary Education,
University of Pennsylvania
Penn State University
“I choose to serve as a school leader in Philadelphia, in my own community, because I believe that all students deserve a high-quality education no matter their race, language, culture, or circumstances. Because I have high expectations for my school community, I believe I have a responsibility to engage in my own learning to be the best possible leader. The Neubauer Fellowship provides me with opportunities to build my skills and mindsets as an instructional and entrepreneurial leader.”
Rebecca has served as the principal of Eliza B. Kirkbride School since 2015. Under Rebecca’s leadership, the School District of Philadelphia named Kirkbride a peer leader for three years in a row based on its accomplishments on the School Progress Reports (SPR). These accomplishments included increasing the school’s Progress score by 35%. In 2017-2018, the school met or exceeded growth targets on the state assessment (PSSA) in both math and literacy for grades 5-8. Kirkbride was recognized as a National Title One School in 2016.
Rebecca has been an educator since 2004. Prior to becoming a principal, Rebecca served as a high school Spanish teacher and instructional coach for Teach for America. In 2019 she was honored with the Lindback Distinguished Principal Award. Rebecca grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.