Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Shakeera Warthen
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M.A. Education – Educational Administration,

Administrative Certification,

Cheyney University


M.S. Education – Teaching English as a Second Language,
University of Pennsylvania


B.S. Elementary/Early Childhood Education,
Temple University

Shakeera Warthen

Principal, Bregy Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2017 Neubauer Fellow

I serve as a principal because the passion and fire within me for teaching and learning could not be contained within a classroom anymore. I am truly doing my dream job! I am proud to lead the Bregy School where we believe if students have a strong start, they can truly have a strong finish!”

Shakeera has served as the principal of Bregy Elementary School since 2015. Under her leadership, students at Bregy receive increased instructional time – Bregy decreased the number of students with out-of-school suspensions by 5% and increased the number of students attending school 95% of time or more from 29% to 38% in just one school year. Bregy’s students improved in reading, with 50% of K-2 students reading on grade level by the end of 2017-18 compared to only 41% in the prior year. Bregy also received an award in 2019 for making three years of consistent growth on the city-wide School Progress Report. Bregy has been featured and honored at the School District of Philadelphia Climate Expo two years in a row for their Peer Mediation Program and positive climate data.


Shakeera has been an educator since 1999. Prior to becoming a principal, Shakeera served as a school-based teacher leader, instructional reform facilitator and 2nd/3rd grade teacher. Shakeera grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Overbrook High School.

2017 Neubauer Fellows Page