We are teachers and parents, administrators and board members, researchers and executives.
We are experts in learning, and we are always learning.
One thing we all have in common? A commitment to making progressive, place-based education available to all.
Gina is a founding partner at AJOVista, a financial institution that manages U.S., international, and global equities ranging from public and corporate pension funds to endowments and foundations. A seasoned investor with experience at Price Waterhouse, Brandywine Asset Management, and Glenmede Trust, she spends her free time diving into the possibilities and challenges facing education today. Over the last ten years she has served on the board of The Philadelphia School, an independent progressive elementary and middle school: first as treasurer, then president, and now as honorary trustee. Gina also sits on the school board for KIPP Philadelphia, a network of college-preparatory charter schools ranging from elementary through high school.
Having two children experience the impact of a progressive education that focused as much on experience as on outcome, she is passionate about transforming education and making this type of learning available to all.
As Head of School, Justine is a collaborative and visionary educational leader. With a BA in Communications from Boston College and two MEd degrees from DePaul University, and over 25 years in public and private schools and communities in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia, she brings a depth of experience as an educator, curriculum leader, Division Head and Head of School. She has a passion for curriculum design and instruction, leadership and community cultivation, and school partnership development. Prior to her appointment, Justine served as Middle School Division Head at The Hewitt School, Head of The Philadelphia School and has been part of Revolution School planning from the start. She has been a partner in the area of Institutional Advancement and most recently served as Associate Head of Revolution School.
Patrick is leads the Mathematics program at Revolution School. A longtime educator at independent and charter schools, Patrick has long been interested in education of the whole child – challenging students academically but also tending to their development as citizens and members of the school community.
Patrick spent over a decade at Friends Select School in Center City, working with both middle and upper school students in a variety of mathematics disciplines. In addition, Patrick was a coach of both the Mathcounts team and of multiple sports during his tenure there. As an advisor, Patrick helped students negotiate the academic and social challenges that school presents, as well as working with the students on a variety of service learning activities. Previously, Patrick had worked at Brooklyn Friends School in New York, contributing as an educator, advisor and coach there. Patrick’s most recent stop was at Boys’ Latin in West Philadelphia, where he taught a wide range of math classes and was a homeroom teacher, as well.
Joel leads the History & Social Studies program at Revolution. He has taught Global History, United States History, World Religions, and History of Architecture for over fifteen years, most recently at Fleisher Art Memorial and Friends’ Central School. He also taught World History at Wayne State University in Detroit. Joel has a BA in History of Art & Architecture from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and an MA in History from Wayne State University with course-work at the University of Pennsylvania.
Joel developed and implemented a Student Leadership Training Program for high school students at Friends’ Central. He also worked as an Admissions Counselor at the University of Chicago. Joel has lived in Philadelphia for nearly twenty years and uses the city itself as a classroom to engage students.
Diana Misdary is an accomplished math educator. At Revolution School, she collaborates with and supports the math program’s curriculum.
Diana began her career as an Americorps member with the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Following her second year of service at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, she joined the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows to work in the classroom full time. Diana began teaching at KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy as the first Arabic teacher in KIPP’s national network. There, she coached slam poetry and served as world language department chair. Most recently, she taught in the Philadelphia School District as a math teacher. Diana completed her BA at Villanova University, M.A. at Chestnut Hill College and M.S. at the University of Pennsylvania. Diana enjoys yoga, reading, running and restoring vintage furniture.
Director of Student Life, Jeanne is responsible for guiding the personalized learning journey for each Revolution School student. She also partners with the program team as a Farnam-certified instructor in Mental Models for Better Thinking, and collaborates in building project based, integrated learning experiences for students. Prior to joining the Revolution School team, Jeanne worked at The Concept School, where she taught English, Creative Writing, Transitions and Improv, and she wrote and directed several adapted Shakespeare and Greek mythology theater performances. Prior to that, Jeanne led the ESL program at Pope John Paul II High School. Jeanne has also served on the Board at St. Katharine of Siena School in Wayne, PA, where she helped to establish an annual giving fund.
She has also been involved in the PAIS and Middle States accreditation process in multiple schools at both the elementary and high school levels. A generalist by nature, Jeanne has also worked outside of education in sales, marketing and administrative roles in the Pharmaceutical and Finance Industries. In her free time, Jeanne volunteers at St. Francis Inn in Kensington and enjoys personal essay writing, long walks (preferably on sunny beach days), and spending time with her husband, Mark and her four grown children. Jeanne holds a masters in Secondary English Education from Cabrini University, a Bachelors in English from Fordham University, and is certified in Project Based Learning through the University of Pennsylvania.
Dirk Parker comes to Revolution School with 15 plus years experience teaching science to grades 2-12. He earned his B.S. in Biology minor Animal Behavior (Psych-Bio) and M.Ed in Secondary science education both from Beaver College, now Arcadia University.
Dirk spent over a decade teaching science, coaching middle school football and serving as an upper school advisor at Chestnut Hill Academy (now Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) before moving to St. Peter’s School in Society Hill Philadelphia.
Dirk is also active in real estate development in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and remains very active with various programs in Philadelphia including Waterborne (boat building program at various Philadelphia area schools), ManUpPhL (Man Up Philadelphia) mentoring men of color ages 18-35 who are statistically most impacted by gun violence in Philadelphia, as well as running his childhood youth athletic association Ivy Hill Youth Association. Dirk lives in Cheltenham but stays closely connected to his old Mt Airy neighborhood.
Sydnie joins us from The Rivers School, in Weston Massachusetts. She taught Humanities and was a DEI coordinator. She recently earned a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Swarthmore College, where she minored in educational studies and Latin American & Latinx Studies, and was a member of the varsity women’s lacrosse team. In her time at Swarthmore, Sydnie was actively involved as a qualitative field research assistant with a number of professors with whom she collaborated and, in one case, co-authored a journal publication, on topics related to immigration, undocumented status, and English language learners.
Jane is a corner sitter, energized by the perspectives gained at the intersections between research & practice, data capture & sharing impact, learning & leading, stories & visuals. Jane loves to co-design and explore answers to research questions that cross boundaries like, “How might we meaningfully capture the impact of hard to measure things?”
Jane holds a Doctorate in Bilingual Special Education from George Washington University, where she was a Title IV bilingual fellow, and a Master’s in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Philadelphia Youth Network, where she has the opportunity to amplify PYN’s work on behalf of future-ready youth in Philadelphia. She is a proud founding member of the Independent School Cooperative, and a member Transcend Education’s “Yellow Hats” school builders. Jane’s passion lies in using research to aid in improving outcomes for traditionally under-resourced populations. From positions as a human rights activist in San Pedro, Costa Rica to a teacher, educator, and documentarian in Washington, DC, she aims to bring the research story to practical conversations.