On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead — and to love the students, no matter what — is a model for leaders in all fields.
Linda has been a special education teacher working in low-performing, impoverished Philadelphia schools for years. She has encountered too many neglected children who endured abuse or were left to raise themselves and she has spent her decades-long career demanding that students fight for their future. She strongly believes in the potential of all children.
Her leadership as a high school principal at Strawberry Mansion High School has been featured by TED, ABC World News Tonight, and Nightline.
-- Watch ABC News Report on Strawberry Mansion HS Philadelphia