Dear Science Leadership Academy Families,
It is with great excitement and humility that I write this letter of introduction to you as newly
appointed Co-Principal of Science Leadership Academy. Last year I had the opportunity to get to know
our wonderful students, staff, and families and the unique culture of our community in the role of Intern
Principal. My work took me into classrooms, across hallways, on trips, and anywhere else I needed to be
to support our students and teachers. As co-principal, I will continue to focus on empowering members of
our community to be the best versions of themselves by offering constant support and fostering
commitment to our core values.
Before coming to SLA, I was in the classroom for 12 years. I started out as a special education
classroom assistant in Sacramento, California, then came to Philadelphia as a high school English teacher
and Special Education case manager at Frankford and Dobbins High Schools before becoming the Special
Education Liaison at Dobbins High School. My work has always centered around finding ways to design,
create and support learning environments that are flexible in terms of student learning styles and
abilities. In addition, I share SLA’s belief that students should do purposeful work based in their
experiences and passions with the support of a caring community.
As September approaches, all of us at SLA are working to make sure that the upcoming school year
will be one which continues and enhances our legacy of innovation and success. We have a lot we are
excited about in the coming year including integrating our new CTE programs fully into the life of the
school, weaving in more interdisciplinary projects, and continuing to build on our ability to create
learning opportunities that allow the application of unique skillsets, abilities and experiences. I look
forward to working with Mr. Lehmann and the rest of the SLA community to grow our school. Please
don’t hesitate to contact me with questions. I look forward to the upcoming school year and the chance to
get to know everyone.
Science Leadership Academy