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Our Residents

"PhillyPLUS' primary focus on student outcomes and achievement compliments my experience and background. "

Deborah Smith - Director of Pupil Support, American Paradigm

I chose to become a PhillyPLUS Resident because of the program’s commitment to instructional leadership. Their primary focus on student outcomes and achievement compliments my experience and background. 

Prior to the residency, I worked as a classroom educator teaching  our youngest elementary students in both private and public urban settings. I spent a significant amount of this time as a Reading Specialist, where I raised scores of struggling readers and worked with students with special needs. During this time, I also completed training in Reading Workshop at Columbia University’s Reading and Writing Project. I was able to incorporate this training into the philosophy of teaching at an urban charter school where I am currently Dean of Academics.