April 19 — 4:39 pm, 2016

Seven principals to receive Lindback awards


The Lindback Foundation will honor seven principals from the School District of Philadelphia with Distinguished Principal Leadership Awards at a ceremony on Tuesday.

The annual ceremony honors school principals’ contributions to students, faculty, and staff members across Philadelphia. The award includes a $20,000 stipend to be used to benefit each school community.

“With hard work, dedication and creativity, our school leaders give their very best each day,” said Superintendent William Hite in a statement. “We are grateful for their example and celebrate their accomplishments.”

The seven principals will receive their awards during a ceremony at Prince Music Theater in Center City. Here are the award-winners, along with short descriptions provided by the School District.

Carolyn Allen Glass, Thomas G. Morton Elementary School: Glass is in her third school year as principal of Morton Elementary. She joined the School District in 1985, starting at Kearney Elementary as a special education liaison. Over the last few years, she has focused on improving the school’s culture, enhancing parental support, and working with community partners. Allen Glass also served as an assistant principal at Russell Conwell Middle School.   


Stacey Burnley, Edwin M. Stanton Elementary School: Burnley joined the School District in 1998 and has served as principal of Stanton since 2011. Last year, Stanton was recognized by former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for its successful community partnerships despite budgetary and staffing constraints. The school’s partners include the Rendell Center and Children’s Literacy Initiative. Burnley has also served at Roosevelt Middle School and Furness High School.


Connie Carnivale, H.A. Brown Academics Plus Elementary School: Carnivale has served as principal of H.A. Brown Academics Plus Elementary since 2012. Under her leadership, daily student attendance has improved, parental involvement has increased, and the student government has become more active. Community partners include Friends of H.A. Brown, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Temple University, Comcast, OIC of Philadelphia and Visitation Church.


Toni Damon, Murrell Dobbins Career & Technical High School: Damon has served as principal of Dobbins since 2012. She led the creation of a mentoring program between Dobbins and Peirce Elementary, established successful robotics and chess teams, improved college acceptance rates and helped Dobbins juniors earn credits from the Community College of Philadelphia. A Carver High School for Engineering & Science graduate, Damon served as assistant director of Delaware County technical schools and Central Montco Technical High School.


Karen Dean, Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School: Dean, a 28-year District veteran, is in her fifth year as Lankenau High School principal. For two consecutive years, Lankenau has received the “distinguished” designation for Title I schools by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The school also received a $50,000 state innovation grant. Dean is a Philadelphia native who attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls, Leeds Middle School and Pennypacker and Cassidy Elementary Schools.


Brianna Dunn, Laura W. Waring Elementary: Dunn has served as principal of Waring Elementary since 2008. Her experience includes serving as dean of students, special education teacher and special education liaison at McMichael Elementary. Through several community partners, Waring has maintained a full art and music program and several extracurricular activities despite budget constraints. Waring also offers a coding class for 3rd through 8th graders in collaboration with Comcast.


James Williams, Kensington Health Sciences Academy: Williams, principal of Kensington Health Sciences Academy since 2008, has worked for the School District for more than 20 years. He is credited with changing the school’s mission to reflect high expectations and the labor market demands in health professions, including dentistry and pharmacy. Kensington HSA has the first high school pharmacy technician program in the state. Last year, more than 80 percent of students were accepted to two- and four-year colleges and universities, more than double the rate of its predecessor, Kensington Culinary Arts.




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