Meet our School-Based Academic Coaches
As a positive product of Philadelphia public schools and a proud graduate of both Temple and Penn, I have been a dedicated and enthusiastic educator in Philadelphia for over a decade! As such, I taught “Social Studies” for 11 years. In my classroom, I prided myself on actively engaging students in a humanistic and equitable way – holding true value in creating meaningful opportunities for students of any age to learn and grow. I have taught all grades 7-12; and I have observed and co-taught in multiple classes in grades K-12. Furthermore, for several years, I participated as a new teacher mentor and then led the Teacher Mentor program at a local K-8 charter. I transitioned into the role of “School Based Academic Coach” with the district last year – working directly with the amazing Lamberton Elementary community. Although my work is focused with Lamberton, I have had the distinct pleasure in working with teachers from across the district as a presenter of district-wide professional developments. My free-lance consulting work with the Institute of Play, Inc. and my ongoing partnership with the RMT program at Penn GSE have given me the unique position to facilitate adult learning techniques and best instructional practices to influence positive student outcomes.
Christy began her teaching career as a sixth grade teacher in Philadelphia and later taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Humanities at a small Quaker school in Media, PA. Before joining the District, Christy completed her M.Ed. in education policy and management at HGSE and concurrently worked with Boston Public Schools to evaluate general programming across all middle schools in the district in order to determine gaps in equity and access. She also holds a BA and MAT in English Education from the University of Virginia — go Hoos! 🙂
Ellen began her career in New York City public schools where she taught secondary English. During this time she held various teacher leadership positions focused on mentoring new English teachers and aligning ELA instruction across grades 6-12. After ten years in NYC she returned to Philadelphia, where she grew up, and started working with the School District of Philadelphia. Ellen holds certification in Secondary English and Google Level 1 certification.
Matt has dedicated his entire career to Philadelphia schools. He spent ten years teaching elementary school, and six years working as an instructional coach. His coaching experience includes working as a new teacher coach with The New Teacher’s Project, a virtual instructional coach with EdConnective, and a literacy coach with the School District of Philadelphia. Matt believes that we are all lifelong learners, and that coaching is one of the most impactful tools for supporting teachers in that pursuit.
Alison began her career in Washington, DC, teaching Literature and Writing courses at the college level. After transitioning to K-12 education, Alison taught in middle schools and high schools across Washington, DC. Alison grew up in the Philadelphia area, and after moving to be closer to her family, started working as an High School ELA Academic Coach at the Philadelphia School District.
Kate has been working with the School District of Philadelphia for the past six years. She began her career as a middle school math and science teacher in Weldon, NC. In 2019, she won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teachers. She holds a Master’s of Education in Urban School Leadership from Temple University. Kate is passionate about providing a high quality education to all students in Philadelphia.
A public-school educator for the last 12 years, Felicia previously spent the majority of her career within the Jewish school system; those travels have taken her from Philadelphia to New York and Ohio. Several years after returning to Philadelphia, she transitioned by teaching English/Language Arts in the District and in a charter school-setting. Felicia is excited to return to the School District of Philadelphia as a School-based Academic Coach. She believes that every teacher is creating justice in the world and feels privileged to support them as they empower students to live their dreams and create an ideal society. Felicia holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University, Siegal College of Judaic Studies (within Case Western Reserve University) and Chestnut Hill College.
Dr. Sheena Wilson
Dr. Sheena Wilson currently serves as the School-Base Academic Coach for Mathematics, where she partners with teachers to provide high-quality instruction to students. Before assuming this role, Sheena served the School District of Philadelphia as a Consulting Teacher, Dean of Students, School-Base Teacher Leader, and Teacher. Sheena has been an educator for 21 years and is passionate about teacher development and student achievement. She is a proud alumnus of the School District of Philadelphia. Sheena earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from West Chester University, Master of Science in Elementary Education from Saint Joseph’s University, Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Cabrini University, and Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.
Luke Zeller has been a teacher, school-based leader, and instructional coach in the School District of Philadelphia since 2009. He enjoys working with students and teachers to support critical, creative, and disciplined thinking and engagement where learning is truly valued as an opportunity to develop an understanding of self-identity in relation to the world and society through what we read, write, talk about, and create. He has his M.S. in Literacy Education from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing his Ed.D in Education Leadership at Temple University.