- Cheltenham School District
Brian Wallace Named Principal at Elkins Park School
ELKINS PARK, Pa. (April 24, 2019) – After nearly two decades serving in the School District of Philadelphia in roles of increasing responsibility, Brian Wallace has been named the principal at Elkins Park School, Cheltenham School District’s fifth- and sixth-grade upper elementary school. The Cheltenham Board of School Directors approved his hiring at the April 9 legislative school board meeting, and his first day replacing the retiring Dr. Geraldine Fitzpatrick-Doria is Monday, July 1.
“Mr. Wallace is a transformational leader who believes in offering unlimited guidance and constant support for all students, staff, families and community members,” said Dr. Fitzpatrick-Doria, who worked with and mentored Wallace in the School District of Philadelphia for five years between 2008 – 2013. “As a successful administrator, Mr. Wallace has developed a positive school climate and authentic and empowered school level and grade level teams.”
As principal at Morton McMichael Elementary School in Philadelphia’s Mantua section, the building climate and safety conscientious Wallace managed day-to-day school operations, developed and monitored the academic plan, led professional development for teachers, embraced standards-driven, research-backed teaching and learning and paid special attention to the special education population.
Prior to serving McMichael as principal, Wallace was an assistant principal at Lawton Elementary School (2009 – 2012) and a third, fourth and fifth grade teacher at Ellwood Elementary School (2001 – 2009). In addition, Wallace served as an intern principal for the Dobbins High School Summer Program in 2005 and has worked with and earned awards from the Boy Scouts of America and Greater Philadelphia YMCA.
Wallace graduated from Penn State in 2001 with a B.S. in elementary education. Wallace possesses two master’s degrees. In 2006, he graduated from Gwynedd-Mercy with a M.S. in educational administration (and a 4.0 GPA). His thesis was “The Effect of Teacher Morale on Student Achievement.” In 2015, Wallace earned a MDiv with a concentration in urban theological studies from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and has Pennsylvania K-12 Principal and Instructional II certifications. He is also an associate minister at the Grace Baptist Church of Germantown.
In 2016, Wallace received the School District of Philadelphia’s Marcus A. Foster Award, given annually to a district administrator for noteworthy contributions in curriculum, instruction, school improvement or administration. The renowned Foster was committed to improving the educational experience of urban black students, and is credited with transforming Philadelphia’s Simon Gratz High School into one of the city’s “most effective and dynamic” public schools.
A native of Philadelphia, Wallace resides in the East Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, with his wife Sharice and daughter Jasmine.