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Citing health concerns, Germantown High School principal retired this week

By the Notebook on Apr 5, 2013 12:22 PM
Photo: Bas Slabbers/NewsWorks

Germantown High School Principal Margaret Mullen-Bavwidinsi congratulates graduating senior Will Parks at the school's 2012 commencement ceremony.


For the second time this week, one of Philadelphia's closing schools has lost its principal

by Aaron Moselle

Germantown High School Principal Margaret Mullen-Bavwidinsi is retiring from the School District of Philadelphia. District spokesperson Fernando Gallard said Thursday that Mullen-Bavwidinsi would step down at the end of the day.

Vice Principal Alexis Greaves will serve as acting principal through the end of the academic year, when the school will close its doors permanently.

In a letter sent out to members of the GHS community, and in a text message to a close supporter, Mullen-Bavwidinsi said that she was leaving Germantown on Thursday due to poor health.

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Comments (6)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 5, 2013 8:27 pm
It saddens me to hear that Mrs.Mullen is not well. I was so proud of the entire GHS community show of solidarity at the SRC hearings. Mrs. Mullen was extremely passionate about advocating for her school and her students. She definitely is a class act. I wish her well in her retirement and will be praying for a speedy recovery.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 5, 2013 9:30 pm
Who can blame her? I hope that she is not ill, and that she just decided that she didn't want to be the one to close the doors on her school. She probably has enough leave time built anyway. Or perhaps the state of public education in Philly is what is making her sick.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 6, 2013 7:36 am
Every one who know Mrs. Mullen knows that she puts 110% into creating and sustaining an effective, positive school climate where focus is placed on teaching and learning. Her tenure with SDP was filled with enthusiasm and passion for helping all students reach their potential. When you put all your energy into the work of running a learning organization where your heart is into making things better for all who cross your doors it can take a toll on your health, both physically and emotionally. As soon as Mrs. Mullen is well, rested, and ready to return to work there is no doubt that a charter high school will bring her onboard. She is a true leader and advocate for kids!
Submitted by Adam Carter (not verified) on January 16, 2014 5:07 am
Agree with you! We can never forget the effort of Mrs Mullen. She is always an inspiration for all. -Regards Adam @
Submitted by Allenwood (not verified) on December 2, 2013 4:25 am
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Submitted by Percy (not verified) on June 18, 2015 6:01 am

It is a great misfortune we had to face recently. WE never thought that she would be leaving the school so early like this. The school had been on the path of improvisation and advancements under her supervision. Fubu sneakers

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