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 managing principal at AJO, 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.
Noelle has worked for nearly two decades in public and private Philadelphia middle and secondary schools. She brought her signature brand of interdisciplinary learning to Kensington High School, Wissahickon Charter School, and Prep Charter as an English teacher before moving to The Philadelphia School, where she served as Director of Summer Programming in addition to teaching grades 4-7.
Career highlights include serving Philadelphia Mayor Nutter on his Teacher Advisory Group, acting as a consultant on the Vaux High School Design Team, and leading Wissahickon Charter School’s extension into the middle grades. As a teacher, Noelle believes in putting complex questions in front of students, letting them struggle, supporting them when necessary, and celebrating growth. This commitment will continue at Revolution School.
Tom has been working in education for almost 20 years, serving as High School Principal of the Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu for the past six. Tom began his career in college admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He held roles as Director of College Counseling and Director of Studies at The Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE, and Head of the Upper School at St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, MD before taking his talents to Hawaii’s sunnier climes.
Tom led Mid-Pacific’s high school during their ‘Schools of the Future’ initiatives, helping create and support new project-based learning, technology, entrepreneurial and other interdisciplinary offerings for which the school has received national attention. Through this work, he developed strong affiliations with thought leaders like Ted Dintersmith, who even referenced Tom and Mid-Pacific in his most recent book, What School Could Be.
Henry has spent the past fifteen years revolutionizing admissions practices at independent schools. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Enrollment and Institutional Advancement at Girard College, where he overhauled the enrollment, institutional advancement, and strategic repositioning processes and spearheaded a successful 5-year diversity plan. Previously, he worked as Director of Admissions at the Haverford School (where he broke records in enrollment, diversity, and retention), and Foundations Program Director at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD.
Henry has also served as a co-chair for the NAIS People of Color Conference in Philadelphia and worked on the Call to Action Board which wrote the Principles of Good Practice for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at NAIS member schools. Henry serves on the boards of The Philadelphia School, Girard College Foundation, Jubilee School, and the Fairmount Community Development Corporation. His personal story would not have been possible without the life-altering opportunity to attend one of the premier independent schools in the country, and he hopes to pay it forward by reimagining the future of education for the next generation of learners.
Jane is a researcher by trade and a teacher at heart. For the last fifteen years, she has designed and conducted educational research initiatives for Educational Testing Service (ETS), The United States Department of Education, and The World Bank Group. She holds a Doctorate in Bilingual Special Education from George Washington University, where she was a bilingual fellow, and a Master’s In the Art of Teaching 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.
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’s been a driving force in bringing the research story to practical conversations. Her work has appeared in educational journals and book chapters, most recently The International Journal of Applied Linguistics, The Journal of Reading Psychology, Teachers College Record, Bilingual Research Journal, and the Journal of Learning Disabilities.
Since completing a Master of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University, Lydia has been honing her exceptional organizational competence at roles across the library, legal and educational fields. At Girard College, she proved invaluable to the Vice President, alumni and greater community alike.
Here at Revolution, Lydia provides information management support to daily activities and long-term projects for the Head of Mission, Head of School, and Head of Teaching and Learning. Lydia is the point person for school data and systems – in areas such as development, enrollment, communications and marketing.