Fellow Profiles

School Type


Grade Levels


Student Enrollment



Hunting Park


M.S. Elementary Education,
St. Joseph’s University


Administrative Certification,

Cheyney University


English as a Second Language Specialist Certification,

Penn State University


B.A. English Literature,
Rosemont College

Sharon Marino

Principal, Alexander K. McClure School
School District of Philadelphia
2016 Neubauer Fellow

“Serving as a principal in the Hunting Park community allows me to lead the efforts toward ensuring that all students have equitable resources to what they need as individuals. We are working to end the inequities and racial injustices that exist in our community and city. Leading a team and community to do this work is why I became a principal; together, with our families and community, we can change the outcomes for our students.”

Sharon has served as the principal of Alexander K. McClure School since 2013. Under her leadership, McClure School moved from Intervene to Reinforce on their School Progress Report (SPR) and has had consistent student and teacher PVAAS growth over three years for ELA and Math. In 2019-20 McClure became a Mayor’s Office of Education designated Community School, working with more than 20 partners aligned to the school’s vision/mission of supporting the academic, health, and behavioral needs of students.


A sample of the recent grants McClure secured includes APTT (Academic Parent Teacher Teams), TeachPlus (supports Teacher Leadership), and the school-wide Picasso Grant focused on a projected named “Celebrating Hunting Park.”  In 2019-20 Sharon worked with her community to advocate and ensure that all asbestos removal from their school building was safely completed.  


Sharon has been an educator since 1999. Prior to becoming a principal, Sharon served as Kindergarten Teacher, Reading First Coach, and Teacher Leader. Sharon grew up in Philadelphia, and graduated from West Catholic High School.

2016 Neubauer Fellows Page