Mitchell Elementary and Overbrook Educational Center (OEC) are two of the K-8 schools in the Philadelphia School District. They are very different schools. Mitchell is a 100+ year old building in the city’s southwest Kingsessing neighborhood. OEC is a newer building in the city’s Overbrook neighborhood. Mitchell has some 700 students; OEC about 275. Mitchell is one of the district’s turn-around schools. OEC has the district’s largest population of blind and visually impaired students.Stephanie Andrewlevich and Meredith Foote are the principals. Ms. A, as is she is known, is at Mitchell; Ms. Foote is at OEC. In a certain sense, they have more in common than their schools.
Obviously both are women. In addition, each is in her second full year at her school. Both were raised in the Philadelphia area: one in the city, one in the suburbs.
Each is 100% committed to her students. Each demands compassionate high-level performance of the teachers and support staff in their schools. Each is loved and respected by the students and each has a habit of telling every student she meets that she loves him or her.
DVFP has supported a number of projects in each of Mitchell and OEC. We are comfortable doing so because we know that the energy and enthusiasm Ms. A and Ms Foote bring to their buildings multiplies the impact of our investment in their programs.
Leadership matters. Good principals attract good teachers, create positive learning environments, and make for good schools. Thanks to all the Ms. As and Ms. Footes out there.