At the core of every Mastery school is a set of values that guides all of our actions. Mastery’s values are infused in the everyday life of the organization -- in the recruitment criteria for new staff, in staff evaluation and promotion decisions, in the organization’s growth strategy, and in the way staff interact with each other and the parents and students we serve.
Director of Development
At Mastery Charter Schools, we believe all children deserve high-quality education, regardless of their zip-code.
Director of Development
Internship Coordinator at Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus.
K-2 Social Studies Science Teacher
I am a K-2 Science and Social Studies teacher at Hardy Williams Elementary Mastery Charter School in West Philadelphia. I love what I do everyday; combining quality literacy and hands-on experiences to bring science and social studies to life for my students. For the same reason, I am constantly on the look out for meaningful and enduring learning experiences that will enrich the whole child.
9th Grade Science and Engineering Teacher
Science and Engineering teacher in Philadelphia committed to stem education and a nerdtastic time for all.
Phys. Ed Teacher / AD
Mastery Charter Shoemaker Campus Athletic Director
Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery
Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery Co-Leader
The purpose of Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery is to provide a space to influence and uplift strong children who will become future leaders and contributors to their community through positive interactions with men of color. Our men of color will partner with the teachers of Douglass to help cultivate these young, powerful minds as they learn to become authors, activists, mathematicians, scientists, and influencers.
11/12 History Teacher
Greetings! I teach AP Government and Politics and Government/Economics!
AP of Instruction
I work with inner-city students at a charter school that is dedicated to providing them with opportunities to succeed in higher education and beyond. 99% of our students receive free/reduced lunch and come from neighborhoods heavily impacted by trauma. That said, they are the most resilient, driven, and overall amazing bunch of humans one may ever meet.
Special Education Teacher
I teach children with Autism for a charter school in Philadelphia. Our class continually strives to develop our social, academic, self, and community skills! Your support will allow us to continue to grow our abilities.
1st grade teacher/ Talent Show Director/Stage Troupe Leader
I became a teacher 3 years ago at 41 years old. I felt a calling & passion to teach in Philadelphia and I'm thrilled to being do in it...in MY city! I teach in, what many consider, a "rough" neighborhood. My students are faced with adversities that most of us couldn't imagine. I love them and teach them because I want them to know that if they work hard, they can and WILL reach their dreams! They deserve it! Thank you for your consideration! My students, my co-workers and our school community appreciate it so much!
11th and 12th grade teacher
11th and 12th Grade World and AP literature teacher at Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus.
The Fellowship BMEC, Inc.
Through four city wide Black Male Educator Convenings, The Fellowship will address the recruitment, retention, instructional support and coaching of black male professional career educators (teachers, deans, principals, CEOs, etc.) during the 2016-2017 school year. We also focus on policy Practices and advocacy work that impact Black male leaders in the education field where this group is severely under represented.
For the past 9 school years I have had the privilege of teaching, supporting, and empowering our urban youth in Philadelphia. The past three years I have been blessed to be an Assistant Principal of Specialized Services and I am always looking to bring new and improved resources to our K-8 students receiving services Philadelphia.
Assistant Principal of Specialized Services
For the past 10 years I have had the pleasure of teaching and leading in urban education. In particular I have been fortunate to work in two of Philadelphia's turn around elementary schools for the past six years. I love that I every day I have the opportunity to learn from our students. Students receiving specialized services at our school have a very special place in my heart and I am eager to enrich our classrooms to provide students in grades K through 8th with additional emotional and therapeutic spaces within our building as we teach the whole student!
Hello everyone! I am one of the proud school leaders at North Camden Elementary in Camden, NJ.
I am the principal at Mastery Charter Harrity Upper School - a public, neighborhood middle school in Southwest Philadelphia that serves approximately 300 students in our catchment area. As a staff, student and family community, our mascot is the "West Philly Wolf Pack." Due to mandatory budget cuts, we can no longer afford a sports program at our school. We are seeking partners to help us raise the money to give our students the athletic opportunities they deserve.
I have been an active member of Teach for America, and I have spent the last year and a half immersed in the movement to solve education inequity in this country and provide all students with a quality education. I was fortunate enough to be selected from a nationwide talent applicant pool to join a teacher corps comprised of leaders who commit a minimum of two years to teach in high need public schools. I firmly believe that education exists to create global citizens who are prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st century world. For that reason, I am hoping to further this mission by providing my students with a culture/service trip outside of the United States.
5th Grade Teacher
Category: General Class Size: 30 Grade: Prek - 12th Follow This Cause As a Teach For America Philly Corps Member I am responsible for my very own classroom! I engage daily with my students and their families and it is my responsibility to ensure that my classroom is a welcoming environment for everyone. One of the biggest hurdles that students in high need schools face is a lack of the necessary materials that are needed daily. It makes it infinitely more difficult for students to take part in activities and classwork when they do not have basic supplies. To get the year started off right, I will use the funds that I raise to purchase the startup supplies needed to welcome my students to a classroom that is clean and stocked full with materials. This will allow me to provide the required supplies to students that otherwise would not have them. I will also purchase copy paper to ensure that I can provide my students with high quality learning materials, whether that is exit tickets, independent activities, or homework. Here is a complete list of the materials that your generous investment will help provide for the students of my very first classroom: 2 Boxes of Paper (10 Reams) - $50 Kleenex (18 Pack) - $36 2 Boxes of Pencils (288 Count) - $32 Paper Towels (12 Rolls) - $28 Anchor Chart Paper (2 Pack) - $27 2 Packs of Dry Erase Markers (32 Count) - $22 Hand Sanitizer (Pack of 2) - $20 3 Packs of Erasers (36 Count) - $18 2 Packs of Ballpoint Pens (48 Count) - $15 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (3 Pack) - $12 Grading Pens (12 Count) - $12 3x5 Index Cards (10 Packs) - $12 Pack of Highlighters (50 Count) - $10 Post-it Notes (24 Pads) - $9 Sharpie Chart Markers (8 Count) - $9 Sharpie Permanent Markers (12 Count) - $7 Paper Clips (Assorted 450 Count) - $6 Binder Clips (30 Count) - $3 If we do not meet our goal... If I do not meet my goal, I will purchase as many materials as possible. I will prioritize the materials that are most essential to students (pencils, paper, etc.) as they are the most important to ensuring that students can participate in daily lessons.
Assistant Principal - Student Supports
Assistant Principal of Student Supports @ Mastery Charter Lenfest Campus - I taught special education for five years in the School District of Philadelphia before focusing on developing specialized programming and supports for students within Mastery Charter Schools' network.
Special Education Teacher
7th/8th grade teacher
7th and 8th grade writing teacher in West Philly.
Middle School Physical Education
I'm a physical education teacher and athletic director at a charter middle school in Philadelphia.
8th Grade Science Teacher
I am a teacher.
Case Manager and Replacement Composition Teacher
Case Manager and Composition Teacher at Mastery Charter Lenfest Campus.
K-3 Music Teacher
I am an elementary music teacher at an urban school in Philadelphia, PA motivated to provide students with the education they need to succeed in higher education, compete in the global economy and pursue their dreams.
Harrity Upper Intervention Math
Teacher at Harrity Upper
8th Grade Math Teacher at Harrity Upper
Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher/Case Manager
middle school special ed teacher
im a teacher
6th Grade Literacy Teacher
I am currently a sixth grade literacy teacher in an urban school. Our school's focus this year is authentic and joyful independent reading. We want our students to love books that they choose and to be able to ready them comfortably.
6th Grade Reading
Penn State and City Year alumni teaching 6th grade reading in the day and teaching drum line for after-school. In need of drums and equipment. I love music! My students love music! I want to teach them this craft that will make them more creative and more academically bound for college.
Mastery Charter Schools
Coach and Teacher
I am a middle school coach and teacher.
I'm an Assistant Principal at Mastery Charter - Harrity Upper. I love helping students unlock their full potential.
8th grade English teacher
I have been teaching middle school English in Philadelphia for the past ten years. During this time, I have served the communities of Kensington and South Philadelphia. My goal is to develop students' reading skills and joy for reading by offering quality literary selections that appeal to all students' interests.
French Teacher 1-8
Hi! My name is Madame Cush and I am an elementary school French teacher in Camden, NJ. This is our school's first year offering French, and the students are excited to explore the Francophone world and its rich cultural and linguistic legacy!
Assistant Principal of Instruction
I am an Assistant Principal of Instruction with a passion for literacy. As an educator with 15 years of experience I know the power that literacy brings to the school community. My goal is to support the young learners in my building so that they can become lifelong learners who love reading!
6th Grade Teacher, Cheerleading Coach
As teachers at Hardy Williams Academy Mastery Charter School, a Title I elementary school in Southwest Philadelphia, part of our mission includes doing whatever possible to ensure educational equity for our students. This mission does not cease at the end of the school day. Our children deserve extra-curricular opportunities that promote values of teamwork, motivation, and responsibility, as well as ensure a safe space for our children to be after school. Therefore, we have started a cheerleading team for 26 of our young ladies to participate in twice a week after school. This is the first athletic team for females at Hardy Williams, and the majority of the team has never been a part of a cheerleading team before. Since our start in October, we have seen these young ladies come together as a team and accomplish great improvements in their cheerleading abilities, as well as their behaviors in school. We would love to enter our team in a cheerleading competition, as well as other school events to showcase their hard work and skills. Unfortunately, the cost of proper uniforms, pom-poms, sneakers, bows, etc. is far too high to ask our girls to pay, or for school fundraisers to cover in its entirety. Sneakers are a major need, considering the safety of the girls when performing certain tricks and stunts. We are asking for any type of donation or monetary assistance/discounts you could provide to support the first ever Hardy Williams Academy Mastery Charter School Cheerleaders. Anything helps!
Emotional Support Teacher
Working with a large Special Education population in a low income areas.
Mastery Charter Shoemaker Campus is a neighborhood school located in West Philadelphia. We serve 750 low income students and families each academic year ranging from grades 7th through 12th grade. Shoemaker was historically known as a failing school and the 2nd most violent middle school in Philadelphia before it was converted to a charter school in 2006 by Mastery Charter Schools. Since the conversion, Shoemaker has had significant success in math scores, with an increase of 56 points in 8th grade and 71 points in 7th grade and reading scores have increased 41 points in 8th grade and 51 points in 7th grade. Additionally, violent incidences have dropped 90% and attendance and retention are above 90%. Most importantly, Shoemaker is producing high school graduates with 100% acceptance rates into institutions of higher learning and over 83% of those students have officially transitioned into those programs.
Middle School Special Educator
I am a Special Educator in Philadelphia serving students whose needs vary from a daily high-five to get her day started on the right foot, to recreated lessons one-on-one so that he can better understand math concepts. Special education is about taking the time to KNOW each student for the PERSON they ARE, and committing to teach him or her in whatever way is best for them.
Simon Gratz Staff
Secondary Education Teachers
Hello! We are a group of passionate educators in North Philadelphia, who want to instill a love of learning in our students through access to top technology, books, and opportunities!
Lead Case Manager
Lead Case Manager Simon Gratz
My name is Kayann and I have worked with the Mastery Charter Schools since 2010. I have also been a Girl Scout Leader for over 30 years. I love working with children and will do whatever I can to make sure that every child has the tools to make it in this World. I am a Parelegal by Profession, but chose to work with the Parents and Children to help remove the barriers that the Urban Youth may encounter to gaining an education. I work closely with the District Attorney's office to find resources to help families in Crisis eliminate the barriers that would prohibit their children from attending school daily.
10th grade Literature teacher, QSA advisor
I began teaching in the 2006 Teach for America Baltimore Corps and fell in love our youth right away - as much as they drove me nuts at times, I remember telling my family, "Every single day, I belly laugh at least once." And ten years later I'm still laughing the creativity, humor, joy, and authenticity that our children and young adults offer. I moved from Baltimore to Philadelphia, to be with my now-husband, and although I missed Bmore's kids (shout out to Mount Royal Middle School!!) I've fallen in love with teaching in Philadelphia. Currently, I teach 10th grade Literature, after having spent nine years in the 7th grade. I'm loving the change, and especially the fact that I get to re-teach the kids I taught just a few years ago. It has taught me to respect and honor every child's potential; some kids that struggled immensely in the 7th grade are now positively thriving. I've haven't yet tried raising money for my students through investors, but I'm grateful for the opportunity to connect with folks who aren't in schools every day but still believe in and support our youth. Our children are not only the future- they are our present!
I am a special education teacher working at Mastery Charter Smedley Elementary School located in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. I am collaborating with a colleague to create a functional life skills program to teach and practice in real time the following domains: reading, writing, math, social studies, art, music, and social skills. Over the past 2 months, our students created a restaurant, B Avenue Café, and successfully ran 2 openings for a self-contained classroom and for the school leadership team. Through the journey, they learned about restaurant hierarchy, their contact information, applying for a job, making decorations, writing a menu, calculating change, food safety/hygiene, confirming reservations, making no-bake bakery items, serving food, cleaning up, and calculating profits. My colleague and I have funded the project on our own, but would like to expand next year with a culminating visit to a restaurant.
School Social Worker
My name is Avril Takiff-Weiner and I am a clinical social worker who has been working in urban education for several years. There is a famous quote that defines the reason why many of the staff here work with the students. "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." About 70% of the children at my school, Pastorius Mastery Charter School K-8, have experienced at least one or two traumatic events. Our school is working to become more trauma informed to help support the large percentage of kids who have experienced trauma. Research has shown that placing a "calming corner" in the classroom can provide a space for a student to de escalate in the moment and reintegrate themselves back into the learning environment. We are hoping to put a calming corner in every classroom to help these students who have extreme trauma responses, de escalate in the moment and then feel safe to rejoin the classroom. This pledge cents is to raise enough money to provide a safe space in the classroom for every student who needs a few minutes to calm down, as well as a sensory room to help the students who have extreme sensory needs have support and to be used as a therapeutic tool to help the children who need additional sensory support.
3rd Grade Teacher & Director of Extended Learning
I am a career changer who is passionate about teaching. I have been teaching in urban Philadelphia since I started teaching in 2012. I love what I do and the students that I do it for.
Director of Enrichment
I serve as Director of Enrichment at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter High School in Philadelphia PA. We are working to build a vibrant and impactful Music and Art Program that provides students with opportunities to explore and develop skills that connect with their passion.
Lower School Special Education Case Manager at MC Shoemaker
Special Educator in Philadelphia, PA.
Reading & Mindset Teacher Leader
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gerald Dessus has dedicated his career as an educator to serving historically under-represented youth in Philadelphia. After graduating from The Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education, he began teaching at Alliance for Progress Charter School where he assisted in the development of a quality middle school experience for over 100 students. In 2013, he went on to serve as a founding middle school teacher at Francis D. Pastorius Mastery Charter School. Since joining Mastery, he has extended his role as an educator outside of the classroom by serving as a Writing Teacher Leader, Grade Team Leader, Cultural Context Facilitator, and a Summer Mentor Teacher for Teach for America. Now serving as a Social Justice teacher at Mastery Charter Schools – Shoemaker Campus, Gerald Dessus is committed to helping his students take action in their communities. In addition to teaching, Gerald has continued his academic studies at the University of Kansas - receiving a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Teaching in Fall 2016.
12th Grade & AP Literature Teacher
I am a 9th year 12th grade English/AP Literature teach at Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia. I am constantly reflecting on my practices as a teacher with the goal of continuous improvement.