This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Seven Philadelphia School District principals will be honored Tuesday as outstanding leaders by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, and each will receive $20,000 to use in improving their schools and communities.
These school leaders, nominated by their schools and chosen by Lindback Foundation trustees, will be recognized during tonight’s awards presentation from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Walnut Theatre.
|Tamera Conaway||Walter B. Saul High School||Tamera Conaway, M.Ed., started teaching for the School District of Philadelphia in 1986. In 1999, she was appointed principal of Lingelbach Elementary School, where she served for 12 years. Coming to Saul in 2011, Conaway has been instrumental in sustaining and initiating academic and agricultural programing. She works with students to create a safe work environment indicative of a career/technical school.|
|Mary Dean||West Philadelphia High School||Mary Dean started her teaching career in the School District of Philadelphia as a history teacher at Parkway West. She felt called into leadership and took the position of assistant principal at University City High School, soon taking the interim principal position there. Dean later took a principal position at Mastbaum Vocational Technical High School, where she led the school to making "adequate yearly progess." After being asked by the former superintendent, Dean took the position of principal at West Philadelphia Promise Academy.|
|Kenneth Jessup||John M. Patterson Elementary School||Kenneth Jessup joined the School District in 1996 as an elementary computer science teacher before deciding to teach 5th grade. In 2010 he became an assistant principal at M.H. Stanton Elementary. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cheyney University.|
|Mary Lynskey||John S. Jenks Elementary School||Mary Lynskey is a mother, a wife, a teacher and a principal. The District has been her home for 28 years. She is the product of every educator under and with whom she has worked. Many in her life have supported her so that she might support the many that she has and will encounter.|
|Lynne Millard||Kennedy C. Crossan Elementary School||Lynne Millard has provided 27 years of dedicated service to the School District of Philadelphia. She has served as the principal of Kennedy C. Crossan Elementary School for the last five years. She is a mentor to advancing professionals in education. Millard believes in promoting academic growth by building a strong, cohesive team to foster student success.|
|Parthenia Moore||Philadelphia High School for Girls||Parthenia Moore is an alumna and proud principal of the Philadelphia High School for Girls. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Penn State University, a master’s degree and Curriculum and Instruction and Superintendent Certificates from Saint Joseph’s University, and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Moore has served the District as teacher, assistant principal, principal and regional assistant superintendent.|
|Hilderbrand Pelzer III||Laura H. Carnell Elementary School||Hilderbrand Pelzer Ill is a national award-winning educator with more than 20 years of experience. He has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and elementary and high school principal, as well as an assistant regional superintendent. Pelzer has helped to improve instructional approaches and educational outcomes for students within the School District and across the city of Philadelphia.|