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Our Residents

"If you want to work with a group of highly motivated, passionate, intelligent people who will push your thinking relentlessly for the benefit of the children and families in Philadelphia, join PLUS. "

Emily Diefendorf - Principal, IMS - Holy Cross

I chose to become a PhillyPLUS Resident because I believe that freedom is paved through education. I hope to impact student learning by supporting teachers in fundamental ways; I realize how important that support is after having taught in Philadelphia for the last 10 years.

Prior to the Residency, I worked at Young Scholars Frederick Douglass for three years teaching math, and at Visitation BVM School for eight years teaching a variety of middle school classes. The students in my first sixth-grade class are currently seniors in college at phenomenal institutions like Mount Holyoke, Penn State, and Boston University. Their success is my greatest joy. I also enjoy being an adjunct professor at Harcum College, where I teach evening courses for adults.