Jacksonville School Leadership Fellowship

Duval County Public Schools were selected to participate in the School Leadership Fellowship at the Summer Principal Academy (SPA) Graduate program at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Through the SPA Program, Fellows will receive training to become principals or assistant principals and earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

The newest cohort of Jacksonville School Leadership Fellows attended Columbia University Summer Principal’s Academy for orientation weekend in May 2014. The three newest Fellows had an opportunity to meet their future classmates and instructors when they spent the weekend in New York City. This second cohort of Fellows will begin their program at Columbia this summer, while the first cohort will complete their fellowship.

Meet the 2014-2015 Fellows:

Jovanna Hackman

Jovanna Hackman is currently working at Northwestern Middle School as a sixth grade SOS Transition Course teacher. Previously, she was the Lead Teacher in third grade English language arts at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School while a Teach for America Corps Member.

Chelsea S. Matthews

Chelsea S. Matthews is currently the Lead English/Reading teacher and AVID instructor at Northwestern Middle School. She was a Teach for America Corps Member, and was a Teacher of the Year nominee in 2013. She also serves as a City Year mentor and TEAM-UP supervisor with Communities in Schools.

Brian Ellis

Brian Ellis is currently an Algebra I Team Lead teacher at First Coast High School, where he has also taught Algebra II and Geometry teacher as a Teach for America Corps Member. He led diversity professional development sessions for the Jacksonville corps focused on the importance of high expectations and developing strong relationships with students.

Meet the 2013-2014 Fellows:

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