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Meet Amy


Amy has been dedicated to the work of supporting urban education from a young age. Amy grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania and went to Lebanon Valley College for her undergraduate degree. After, Amy received her reading specialist, principal, and superintendent certification from St. Joe's University School Graduate Studies. After graduating, Amy taught at Pratt Elementary School until she became principal of William Dick Elementary in July of 1999. For the past 24 years, Amy has resided at William Dick as principal and supported the community of North Philadelphia.



In her time as the principal at William Dick, Amy ensured the school was a place for students to feel supported and loved. She prioritized rigorous instruction, empathetic teachers, and community involvement. Suited up in her bullet-proof dress, as the self proclaimed Queen of Diamond Street, Amy was never afraid to knock on doors and enter the neighborhood to make sure that her children were safe. Her hard work is evident the moment you set foot in the William Dick building.  The feeling of love and safety is palpable. It is a place where both staff and students want to be.  Although it has caused tears, laughter, and stress over the years, this principalship has been the pride of her lifetime.


  • Over 20 years experience as principal in an urban setting

  • Featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Adjunct professor specializing in effective teaching strategies, leadership and classroom management

  • Presenter at International PBIS Conference (PBIS in an urban setting)

  • Presenter at NEPBIS Conference (Check in/Check out)

  • Professional development for aspiring principals within SDP

  • Mentoring of Principals within an urban setting

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