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Stephanie Junod (Andrewlevich) Appointed Principal at Cheltenham Elementary

Junod headshot and quote(August 9, 2023) - With 24 years of experience as an administrator and teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, Stephanie Junod (Andrewlevich) has been appointed principal at Cheltenham Elementary. The CSD Board of Directors confirmed her appointment at the Aug. 8 legislative board meeting, and Junod’s first day on the job is Monday, August 14. Junod replaces Nicolas Perez who had served as principal since 2014.

“I am truly honored to join the Cheltenham School District in service to our most valued resource … our children,” said Junod, who is passionate about the utilization of innovative data-driven strategies to produce positive academic and behavioral outcomes. “In the words of Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Let's go, dynamic Cheltenham Elementary Dolphins!”

Junod comes to Cheltenham from the K-8 Mitchell School in the Kingsessing section of Philadelphia, where she had served as principal since 2015. During her tenure, she took Mitchell through turnaround, the pandemic and closing due to environmental hazards and relocation. Among other accomplishments at Mitchell, she defined and enforced student academic achievement standards and behavioral expectations, resulting in Mitchell’s removal from state and city intervention list within two years of five-year mandate; facilitated school branding initiatives, deemed a model by network, showcased in national and local media and utilized for collegial professional development within the district; cultivated positive relationships between school and families, resulting in 91 percent positive feedback on surveys completed by 75.8 percent of parents; and integrated schoolwide inclusive positive behavioral supports, which resulted in a decline in suspensions and increase in attendance, with lowest truancy rate in the network.

 

Prior to being named principal at Mitchell, Junod served the Philadelphia School District as a professional development specialist (2014-15); school-based climate and instructional teacher leader (2011-14); school-based instructional leader (2008-11); school-based climate teacher leader and dean of students (2001-08); and English and social studies teacher (1998-2001).

Junod has been recognized as a Neubauer Senior Fellow by the Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders (2019); Centennial Award Honoree by the Union League of Philadelphia (2018); and Collegial Principal Mentor by the School District of Philadelphia Turnaround Network (2016). 

A resident of Haddon Township, New Jersey, Junod graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1997 with a bachelor of arts in elementary education and psychology and a certification in middle years English and elementary K-6. She earned her graduate degree from Gwynedd Mercy University in 2001 in education administration and earned an educational administration with principal certificate.