Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Robert Berretta
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Fellow Profiles

School Type

District

Grade Levels

K-8

Student Enrollment

582

Neighborhood

Frankford

Education

Administrative Certification Program,
Philadelphia Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools

 

B.A. Political Science,
Pennsylvania State University

Robert Berretta

Principal, William H. Ziegler Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2019 Neubauer Fellow

“I serve as a principal because as a teacher I needed to be equally challenged and respected by my boss to be successful. Teachers and support staff at schools do life-changing work every-day. It’s my responsibility to support them in doing so.”

Robert has served as the principal of William H. Ziegler Elementary since 2016. In collaboration with his amazing staff, Ziegler achieved some of the highest benchmark growth in the district (top 20 in reading and math) in 2018. Under Robert’s leadership, Ziegler received a $50,000 Good to Great Grant to improve the K-3 literacy program, a Blended learning grant, a WHYY Media Lab grant, a Climate Transition Award, and the Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports grant. Despite all these accomplishments, Robert still believes Ziegler has a lot of work to do to become the Blue Ribbon school its students and families deserve.

 

Robert has been an educator since 2004.  Prior to becoming a principal, Robert served as a 2nd and 5th grade bilingual teacher, a 6th and 7th grade English/Language Arts teacher, and a literacy director. Robert grew up in Philadelphia and attended Hatboro-Horsham High School.

2019 Neubauer Fellows Page