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Our Residents

"We cannot have a better society without better schools."

Martin Woodside - Principal Fellow, Olney Elementary School

I chose to become a PhillyPLUS Resident because we cannot have a better society without better schools. I believe successful schools have strong leaders who provide teachers and students with the support they need, and I want to be that kind of leader. 

Prior to the Residency, I worked as an educator for nearly twenty years, teaching in diverse settings from an elementary school in Compton, California to a graduate program in Bucharest, Romania. Most recently, I taught college-level writing and literature courses in the Philadelphia area. I earned my Ph.D. in Childhood Studies from Rutgers-University Camden, where I was awarded a Presidential Fellowship and a David Sengstack Fellowship. I am committed to advocating for children’s rights and respecting children’s voices.