Parent & Community Advisory Council

The Advisory Council will provide input and guidance to the Board on advancing the Board’s priorities by communicating the thoughts and points of view of Philadelphia public school parents and community members.

Council members are expected to identify at least 5 meetings in their community to attend over the course of the school year. They will gather feedback from parents, caregivers and community members, specific to the Board’s Priorities and Action Items considered by the Board at monthly meetings.  This work may be modified or subject to change depending on health guidelines to protect against the Coronavirus.

The Advisory Council is made up of individuals that represent various stakeholders across Philadelphia and serve a two year term beginning with the following school year from when they are appointed.

Learn more about the current Advisory Council members here: 2019-2020 Advisory Council Fact Sheet

Catherine Blunt

Section of the City:  I live in West Philadelphia but was born and raised in North Philadelphia

Occupation: Retired SDP Principal and Teacher; Active Member of the City’s Community.

Interest: “I believe my experiences in education, my contacts with schools and my community engagement can serve to encourage parents and communities to participate in their schools and with each other.”

Dr. Chandra I. Williams

Neighborhood: Brewerytown

Occupation: Pastor

Interest: “I firmly believe that a strong education accompanied by a strong village empowers a child to reach their greatest potential.”

Ty-Jamar Ryan 

Section of the City: North Philadelphia

Occupation: Educational Administrator and Executive Consultant

Interest: “I chose to be a part of the PCAC because it is a great opportunity to give back to the parents, students, community and board and to find positive solutions to always benefit the students.  Being on the PCA is rewarding because I get to bridge gaps through communication and problem solving.”

 

Christiana A. Uy

Neighborhood: South Philadelphia

Occupation: Legal Director & Paralegal for a Commercial Real Estate Company

Interest: “I chose to join the Parent & Community Advisory Council this year as a means to merge my desire to give back to the city and my passion for children’s education. Serving on the Council would provide me with that opportunity. I firmly believe that equity is needed to ensure every child has the same opportunities to be successful, safe and happy. Everyone needs a voice, and I look forward to being that voice for my family, friends and neighbors in south Philadelphia.”

Bishop Ethan Thornton

Neighborhood: South Philly

“The faith community is prepared and positioned throughout all our communities to be an integral partner with the Board of Education. Parental involvement, safe corridors, and afterschool enrichment are areas in which the faith community has contributed for years. We look forward to providing support by coordinating our resources for the benefit of our children’s needs.”

Ginny McGill 

Section of the City: West Philadelphia

Stakeholder Group: Parent

Occupation: I work as a Registered Nurse in a labor and delivery unit at a hospital in Philadelphia.  I have been there for just about 8 years!  It is very exciting to be able to welcome new life into the world every day!

Interest: Community is very important to me and always has been. The community I grew up in (wynnefield/Overbrook) is the very same community I live in as an adult along with my husband and children.  I believe in investing in and giving back to what and/or who has poured in to you and that is what I seek to do in this role.  I’ve been blessed with an amazing village and I truly believe the adage, “it takes a village to raise a child”.  In this position, I look forward to being apart of these villages that are raising these children as well as supporting parents as they navigate some of the challenges of living in the inner city with a large school district.  Parents of children with special needs is a particular “village” of interest to me because I have a child with Autism.  I look forward to serving you all as a representative of West Philadelphia.

Tony Rocco

Section of the City: Represents Kensington and North Phila, lives in Northern Liberties

Stakeholder Group: Former Educator

Occupation: Founder and Executive Director of Photography Without Borders

Interest: I want to make sure the community where I have taught for over 20 years is represented and that their needs are considered when the Board of Ed makes policy.

Cecelia Thompson

Section of the City:  West Philadelphia

Occupation: Disability & Special Education Advocate and Consultant and Family Engagement Consultant

Interest: “Being part of the Parent and Community Advisory Council is a great opportunity to help families by relaying their concerns pertaining to their children attending the School District of Philadelphia Public and Charter schools, providing correct information and resources to families, and highlighting the great news of students and schools to the District on what families are doing to improve their school communities. It is an honor and a privilege to be a servant to our children and our families.My quote for this school year is: The greatest gift we can provide all our children is the gift of a high quality education.”

Joelleen Sicinski

Section of the City:  Northeast

Occupation: Director of Operations and Resources at KPMG, LLP

Interest: “I’m thrilled to be a part of the council and representing Northeast Philly. I am excited to help the city and school board work towards equity for all students to provide access to quality education and the resources they need for a successful future. The success of our city starts with the educations of all our children”

Elyse Castillo

Neighborhood: Northwest Philadelphia

Occupation:  Department Coordinator for the Office of Community Engaged Research and Practice at Temple University’s College of Public Health

“The reason that I chose to be a part of the Parent and Community Advisory Council was because I enjoy connecting with families within the district and finding ways to enhance the school culture.”

Amina Malik

Section of the City: Northeast Philadelphia