Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | ShaVon Savage
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West Philadelphia


M.S.Ed. Elementary Education,
The University of Pennsylvania


Politics Certificate,
The Fels Institute of Government


Administrative Certification,
St. Joseph’s University


B.S. Business,
Pennsylvania State University

ShaVon Savage

Principal, Henry C. Lea Elementary School
School District of Philadelphia
2019 Neubauer Fellow

“I serve as a principal because education is the most powerful equalizer we have to ensure our students have opportunities and access.  I approach this work with passion and became a Neubauer Fellow to network with, and learn from, colleagues with the same passion.”

ShaVon has served as the principal of Henry C. Lea Elementary School since 2016. Under her leadership, Lea decreased the number of students that scored Below Basic in the English/Language Arts Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) from 32% in 2016 to 20% in 2018.  Similarly, Lea decreased the number of students that scored Below Basic on the math PSSA from 76% in 2016 to 63.2% in 2018. Lea also decreased the number of students that scored Below Basic on the science PSSA from 54.4% in 2016 to 35.3% in 2018. Lea is a University of Pennsylvania Partnership School and a Good to Great Literacy Grant award winner.


ShaVon has been an educator since 2000.  Prior to becoming a principal, ShaVon served as a middle and high school teacher, a district-level student support and special education administrator, a public finance and school law attorney, and an adjunct professor. ShaVon grew up in Willow Grove, PA and attended Abington High School.

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