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.
Henry has attended and worked in independent schools since 1995. 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. In 2016, Henry forged a strategic partnership with Girard College and A Better Chance. In 2017, Henry secured seed funding from the Abele Family Foundation and wrote and launched “DREEAMS” at Girard College-a middle grades partnership between Girard College and The Philadelphia School focused on diversity, resilience, English, engineering, arts, math, and science. Previously, he worked as Director of Admissions at the Haverford School achieving records in enrollment, diversity, and retention. He also served as Foundations Program Director at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD.
Henry has been 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.
Jane is a corner sitter, energized by the perspectives gained at the intersections between research & practice, data capture & sharing impact, learning & leading, stories & visuals. Lately, she has been focused on exploring answers to the question, “What is the purpose of school?” Jane joined Revolution School in 2018. Her official title is Head of Research and Innovation and in this role, she has co-founded a professional learning community called School of Thought.
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?” After spending 15 years leading, collaborating and learning from national and international research teams on topics in literacy, language acquisition and non-cognitive skills for a large (quant-oriented) nonprofit, she is inspired to amplify, contribute to and learn from the great work of others that represent multi-modal, mixed method story listening, story capturing and storytelling. Jane’s latest obsession is creating hand-drawn visualizations of complex ideas and findings from research to help connect them to users of research. She wholeheartedly desires, as @monachalabi puts it, “to take the numb out of numbers.”
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. 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, The Journal of Learning Disabilities and Sage Publication’s MethodSpace.
Mike Pardee leads humanities studies at Revolution School. He previously served as Associate Director, Dean of Faculty, and Academic Program Director at Lab Atlanta, a similarly innovative, place-based, civically engaged semester-school program for 10th graders. Mike also served as the Associate Director of Community Engagement for the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance at Rice University, dedicated to nurturing tolerance among people of all and no faiths, especially youth, and to studying the conditions in which tolerance and intolerance flourish. Pardee has served as Director of Character Education at the Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, and as Executive Director of the Leadership Initiative at Suffield Academy in Connecticut. He also has several years’ experience teaching and coaching at various independent schools, including Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico and Concord Academy in Massachusetts. Mike did his undergraduate work at Princeton University, earned his M.A. in American Studies from Boston University, and a second M.A. in private school leadership from Columbia Teachers College. His years of research and first-hand experience inform his ongoing exploration of both the theoretical and practical applications of leadership training and character development at Revolution School.
Donna Lowber leads visual arts at Revolution School. Donna holds her BA in Art Direction from Pratt Institute in New York, NY. Before joining Revolution, Donna worked as an educator at Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, PA. In this role, Donna utilized the skills and expertise which she garnered during her time working in corporate America. Donna excelled in her past roles as the Assistant Art Director at Ketchum Advertising, the Promotions Art Director for Black Enterprise magazine, the Art Director for Simon and Schuster Publishing, and the Sr. Graphic Designer for Mattel. Dedicated to helping all young people become well-educated, Donna served as the Young Educated Scholars Coordinator for the A Better Chance organization for five years. In this position, she worked on developing, coordinating, and facilitating scholar meetings for the enrichment of the program members.
Throughout her career, Donna has received various recognition awards including the Excellence in Business Advertising (CEBA) award. Beyond her artistic pursuits, Donna enjoys traveling with her family abroad where she always makes time to visit art museums and galleries to see the work of her favorite artists.
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.