Maria Archangelo, publisher and executive director
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Following a national search, Philadelphia native Maria Archangelo was hired as publisher and executive director of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Archangelo succeeded Paul Socolar, who co-founded the Notebook nearly 22 years ago. Archangelo grew up in Philadelphia’s Olney neighborhood and studied journalism at Temple University. She began her career at The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Maryland, where she was a reporter at The Baltimore Sun and later managing editor of the Baltimore Sun Community News Group. After serving 11 years in that position, she moved to Vermont, where she worked as the editor of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, and as publisher and general manager of the Stowe Reporter and Waterbury Record. 

Wendy Harris, managing editor
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Wendy became the Notebook's managing editor in October 2008. She has been a contributing writer to Black Enterprise magazine, covering small businesses and previously worked as a managing editor for Hollister Creative Services, a custom publishing company in Wynnewood, Pa. She is also the author of two business books: Black Enterprise Guide to Starting Your Own Business and Against All Odds: Ten Entrepreneurs Who Followed Their Hearts and Found Success. Wendy is a Philadelphia native and Penn State graduate.

Dale Mezzacappa, contributing editor
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Dale joined the staff in February 2008 after two years as a freelance contributor. She brings to the Notebook two decades of experience covering education for the Philadelphia Inquirer, a strong local and national reputation as an award-winning reporter, and a wealth of local and national contacts. As contributing editor, Dale writes stories as well as editing content for the Notebook. She is a past president of the board of the national Education Writers Association and teaches a journalism course at Swarthmore She has worked with Philadelphia high school newspapers through the Prime Movers project.​

Darryl Murphy, staff reporter
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Darryl Murphy, a South Jersey native and Temple University English student, joined theNotebook staff in August 2016 as a part-time reporter. Darryl came to the Notebook for an internship and stayed to join the team.

Matthew Yabor, advertising sales / business manager
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The Notebook welcomed Matt Yabor as its new ad sales/business manager in April. Yabor grew up in Northeast Philadelphia. Before joining the Notebook, he worked  as a sales representative at Metro Beverage Inc. in Bensalem.
Yabor graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School in 2009. He is a 2014 graduate of Holy Family University, where he studied marketing and management.
Yabor is a huge Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers fan. He plays basketball in a men’s league every Sunday night. He likes spending time with family and friends, and in June, he will marry his high school sweetheart, Samantha Graham.

Lauren Wiley, development director
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Lauren joined the staff in 2014. She is a fund-raising professional, a former journalist and a Philadelphia public school parent. Lauren began working in the nonprofit field in 2002 at the American Diabetes Association, where she gained experience in fundraising, donor cultivation and management, and event planning. More recently, she was the first-ever development director at Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, a professional laboratory science organization. Lauren earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science from Syracuse University, and is pursuing a master's of public administration at Villanova University.

Neeta Patel, associate director for operations
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Neeta came to the Notebook in March 2013. She has a long career in nonprofit management in Philadelphia with organizations including Asian Americans United, SEAMAAC, and the Folk Arts - Cultural Treasures Charter School. Neeta is a graduate of Haverford College and has a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Harvey Finkle, photography

Harvey is a still photographer who documents the activities of many progressive organizations and has produced a substantial body of work concerned with social, political and cultural issues. His work has been extensively exhibited and published, including three books entitled, "Urban Nomads," "Still Home: Jews of South Philadelphia" and "Reading."

Mildred S. Martinez, Spanish translation

Mildred has served as Spanish translator for the Notebook since 2000. She provides translation services from her home in Allentown, PA.

Joseph Kemp, designer

Joseph Kemp is a graphic designer in Morrisville, PA, a strong supporter of public education, and a former Morrisville school board member.