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Lindback Foundation honors 7 Philadelphia principals

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Seven principals will be honored this afternoon with the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation’s Distinguished Principal Award.

The annual award honors outstanding principals who have made great leadership and humanitarian contributions to their schools and communities. Each recipient will receive a $20,000 stipend to use in improving their school communities.

“Our Lindback Award recipients are often called to do the extraordinary under challenging circumstances,” said Superintendent William Hite in a statement.

“They represent the best of our best. On behalf of the School District of Philadelphia, I congratulate all of our Lindback principals and thank the Lindback Foundation for its continued support.”

The honorees will be celebrated during a ceremony at the Prince Music Theater at 4:30 p.m. The winners of the award are:

Robin Cooper, William C. Longstreth Elementary School: Cooper, who was a member of Parkway Center City High School’s first graduating class, is now in her 10th year at Longstreth. She has formed partnerships with area churches and the Philadelphia Police Department’s 12th District to implement youth mentoring programs. She has also established a principal and police forum to address climate issues and works with fellow principals to share best instructional practices.

Karren Dunkley, Parkway Center City High School: Dunkley has been at the helm at Parkway Center City since 2013. Since becoming principal, she has expanded the Advanced Placement courses at the school, developed an early college high school program with Arcadia University, and increased community partnerships. Dunkley is a former central office administrator, who joined the District in 2008 and worked several years in the Parent, Family, Community Engagement, and Faith-Based Partnerships Office.

Stefan Feaster-Eberhardt, Ethel Allen Promise Academy: Eberhardt has been with the District for 30 years. In the last three years as principal at Ethel Allen, she has been responsible for significant gains in student achievement and enriched extracurricular programs, including a student council for the middle grades, ballet for 1st graders, and a school-wide drumline. Eberhardt, a Bartram High School graduate, also served as principal of Harrison Elementary.

Dana A. Jenkins, Roxborough High School: Jenkins, now in her second year as Roxborough’s principal, joined the school in 2008. Since that time she has presided over the expansion of the school’s career academy model, creation of the student Ambassador’s Program, and increases in the graduation and college acceptance rates. A graduate of Simon Gratz High School, Jenkins is a national board-certified teacher and recipient of the 2013 Marcus Foster Outstanding Administrator award.

Mickey Komins, Anne Frank Elementary School: Komins, an ambassador for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, has helped to promote healthier schools locally, which has resulted in five nationally recognized “healthy schools” last year, including Anne Frank. The school has also received a $200,000 Target digital library grant. Komins joined Anne Frank in 1989 and served in several roles before becoming principal four years ago.

Anthony Majewski III, Hill-Freedman World Academy: Majewski has been with the District for 14 years and has been principal of Hill-Freedman since 2007. He led the school’s implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program, the District’s first and only full model, and its expansion this year to an IB high school. Hill-Freedman is a two-time National Blue Ribbon School.

William Wade, Promise Academy at Martin Luther King High School: Wade is now in his fourth year as principal at King. He managed the merger of King with Germantown High School after a difficult school-closings process. Under Wade’s leadership, the school has received significant recognition for its achievements. The school’s football team was featured in the Emmy-nominated sports documentary We Could Be King. Wade joined the District in 2009.

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