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Our Residents

"PLUS positions and prepares residents to be instructional leaders, not just managers, in their schools. The alignment of this aim, plus real-tctice, ensurime coaching and authentic practices that I will be the leader my school community deserves."

Courtney Ward - Assistant Principal, Surry County High School

I chose to become a PhillyPLUS Resident because the city of Philadelphia is perched on the cusp of revolutionary educational change, and I want to be a part of the success story for students, families, and schools in this community. I believe that every child deserves access to a quality education and the promise of a bright future should not be hinged upon the zip code in which a child lives.

Prior to the Residency, I taught second and third grade for 10 years in North Carolina and Virginia, during which I positively impacted student performance and worked to close gaps in student understanding. As a classroom teacher, I focused keenly on backwards planning and experiential learning opportunities, while promoting a safe, welcoming, and engaging environment that encouraged students to accept new challenges. I have served as a Corps Member Advisor for incoming Teach for America corps members in Atlanta and Chicago, and provided district-level professional development for first-year teachers. I was named Teacher of the Year in 2011 and 2015.