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Our Residents

" I believe that positive school climate and scholar achievement is directly linked with excellent leadership. I want to empower teachers to work collaboratively with each other and with parents and the community in order to provide scholars with a rigorous and supportive space to learn."

Michelle Handis - ESL Teacher/Instructional Coach, Universal - Creighton 

I chose to become a PhillyPLUS Resident because I believe that positive school climate and scholar achievement is directly linked with excellent leadership. I want to empower teachers to work collaboratively with each other and with parents and the community in order to provide scholars with a rigorous and supportive space to learn.

Prior to the Residency, I taught high school ESOL in Rochester for one year and taught elementary level ESOL at Universal Creighton Charter School for five years. For the past three years, I have served as the Lead ESOL teacher and have demonstrated significant growth of the majority of students from K-8 on the WIDA ACCESS test. I also regularly conduct professional development, lead parent workshops, and manage our Title III audits. Finally, I am on the Instructional Leadership Team which works to improve the school community and instructional practices of teachers.