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WOLCS Senior Leadership Team

Dr. Lee Sheila Royal-Moses Michelle Jones
Dr. Debbera Peoples-Lee 
Chief Executive Officer
Sheila Royal-Moses
Chief Academic Officer 
Michele L. Jones
Director of Development

            

Dr. Debbera Peoples-Lee Biography

Professional Biography Of

Dr. Debbera Peoples-Lee

Chief Executive Officer

 

Dr. Debbera Peoples-Lee serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the West Oak Lane Charter School (WOLCS). In her 13th year, she has the overall responsibility for nurturing 1000+ children, grades K through 8, and transforming them into educated, responsible, and respectful young adults who can compete globally and internationally. After 25+ years in health care administration, she transitioned her business and operational skills to lead the effort to make WOLCS a world class model of an excellent learning institution focused on providing students with a student-centered learning environment emphasizing literacy, math and the sciences, as well as, targeted intervention and enrichment programs so all graduates are prepared for and accepted to the most academically rigorous high schools. As a seasoned health care professional, Dr. Peoples-Lee has held leadership positions at Temple University Hospital, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Jersey, the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and Health Partners of Philadelphia.  In addition, she served as an adjunct professor teaching public health at Temple University.  She holds expertise in the areas of health care management, health behaviors, organizational assessment and development, leadership and staff development, marketing and promotion.

 

Dr. Peoples-Lee’s academic credentials includes a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh (1979), a Master’s degree in health care administration from St. Joseph’s University (1983), and a Ph.D. in public health from Temple University (2004).

 

Her professional affiliations include:  Board Member Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Member of the Community Advisory Council of the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Member of the Northwest Community Coalition for Youth, Member of the National Network of Partnership Schools, Past President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), Member of the American Public Health Association, NAACP-Willow Grove Chapter, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc – Xi Delta Chapter.  

Sheila Royal-Moses Biography

Professional Biography Of

Sheila Royal-Moses

Chief of Staff, Chief Academic Officer

 

For the past 25 years, Sheila Royal-Moses has been known as a high-energy, results-oriented leader, in the field of urban education.  Her burning passion for education reform has served to inspire her efforts to bring innovative approaches to transforming under-performing, urban charter and public schools.

 

As the Chief of Staff and Chief Academic Officer for West Oak Lane Charter School, Sheila has spent the past 13 years working to employ and retain a highly qualified teaching staff, and to develop highly effective leaders who are able to create the conditions required for rapid and sustained change. Under her leadership, West Oak Lane Charter School has reached historical academic outcomes, which were the result of her efforts to drive fundamental shifts in school culture and instructional practice.

 

Prior to her tenure at West Oak Lane Charter School, Sheila taught in the graduate school of education at Rosemont College (Rosemont, PA), served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of University Partnerships for the School District of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA), Vice-President of New Business Development and External Affairs for Victory Schools Inc. (a New York based charter school company), and Director of New Business

 

Development for Advantage Schools, Inc. (a Boston, Ma. based charter school company).

Additionally, Sheila served as Director of Admissions for the Baldwin School (Bryn Mawr, PA) and spent over a decade as a senior level administrator in higher education in the areas of enrollment management and student affairs. Her post included Columbia University’s Teachers College, Eastern University, and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine.   

 

Sheila received her BA degree from Temple University, her M.Ed. from Eastern University.

Michele L. Jones Biography

Professional Biography of

Michele L. Jones

Director of Development

 

Michele Jones is an accomplished administrative leader with over 20 years of success in organizations across the disciplines of education and healthcare with concentration in the areas of program building, organizational leadership and advancement.  She is recognized for creating strong mentor/mentee relationships for the purpose of supporting the growth and development of future leaders.

 

Michele was appointed to the Senior Team as Director of Development at West Oak Lane Charter School (WOLCS) in July 2014.  Charged with oversight of the school’s advancement operation, she provides leadership for initiatives across the school community and is responsible for planning and directing school-based fundraising campaigns. She works closely with the Board of Trustees to identify campaign priorities and define fundraising strategies that support the school’s mission of empowering students from all corners of Philadelphia to become lifelong learners in the areas of science, technology and humanities. Prior to her role at WOLCS, Michele managed Outreach and Partnership Development efforts for Fox Chase Cancer Center, 2004 -2014.  

 

Additionally, Michele is active locally and nationally serving as Board President for FantaSea Resorts in Atlantic City (Atlantic Palace) and is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Michele also served on the Transition Team for Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter.

 

Michele’s academic credentials includes a Master’s degree in Heath Administration from the University of Saint Francis, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Lincoln University.  Michele is also a candidate for the Master’s degree in Bioethics (MBE) from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she holds a Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Temple University and is currently pursuing an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.

 

 

Favorite Quote: “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”

Albert Einstein

Chief Academic Officer Cabinet Academic Leadership Team

 
Charletta Zeigler Peguy Saintil-Middleton Tiffany Davis-Thompson
Charletta Zeigler
Principal - K-8th
Peguy Saintil-Middleton
Climate Director
Tiffany Davis-Thompson
Director of Special Education

Charletta Zeigler Biography

Professional Biography of

Charletta Zeigler

Principal, K-8th

 

Charletta Zeigler was hired as a first grade teacher at WOLCS in 2001. While in that role, her leadership skills were evident. Through her position as grade group leader and unofficial facilitator of the school’s reading program Ms. Zeigler organized the program and made certain that teachers received all of the essential instructional materials.

 

In 2005, Ms. Zeigler was promoted to Literacy Specialist and has worked strategically to enhance the quality of literacy instruction, to raise the level of student achievement, and to instill a life-long love for reading among WOLCS students. Ms. Zeigler completed her Master’s degree in educational leadership and was promoted to Lower School Assistant Principal in 2010 and then to Principal of the Lower School in 2012.

 

In the summer of 2014, Ms. Zeigler was promoted to Principal of the entire school, K-8.  Her focus in this role continues to include enhancing the literacy program at WOLCS. In addition, she is committed to building the capacity of teachers to deliver effective instruction across all content areas. Frequent classroom walkthrough’s as well as formal observations are tools for delivering constructive feedback to strengthen pedagogy.

 

Ms. Zeigler received her Bachelors of education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College in 2000. She went on to complete her Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning from Lock Haven University in 2005 and then received her Reading Specialist certification, K-12 from Arcadia University in 2007. Most recently, Ms. Zeigler was awarded a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and received her Principal’s certification.

Peguy Saintil-Middleton Biography

Professional Biography of

Peguy Saintil-Middleton

Climate Director

 
Peguy Saintil-Middleton: Climate Director - Academic Leadership Team Member

Having previously worked with the Department of Human Services providing intensive case management to children and their families around attendance issues, Peguy Saintil-Middleton initially joined WOLCS to assist with truancy prevention. Since this time, she has progressed through a series of responsibilities, currently serving as the Middle School Dean.  In this capacity, Mrs. Middleton works with staff and families to support overall student well-being and success.

Tiffany Davis-Thompson Biography

Professional Biography of

Tiffany Davis-Thompson

Director of Special Education

 
Mrs. Davis-Thompson started her career at WOLCS as a Special Education Teacher for grades 7 and 8, transitioned to the Special Education Coordinator, and now holds the position of Director of Special Education. Mrs. Davis-Thompson currently holds an Instructional I and Instructional II certification in Special Education N-12 and Special Education Supervisory Certification.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Special Education from Shaw University, Master's Degree in Alternative Education from Lock Haven University, and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University.  Mrs. Davis-Thompson's passion for student success drives her ambition to educate herself so that she will continue to lead the Special Education program at West Oak Lane Charter School in the direction of student achievement.
Krystle Johnson    
Krystle Johnson
Dean - K-3rd
   

Krystle Johnson Biography

Professional Biography of

Krystle Johnson

Lower School Dean - K-3rd

 
Krystle Johnson: Lower School Dean - Academic Leadership Team Member
 
Krystle Johnson joined the WOLCS team in July 2017 as the Dean of Students for lower school (K-3). In this role, Ms. Johnson will support the buildings climate and culture. Ms. Johnson has worked in the education field in both the traditional brick and mortar, and cyber school education settings, as a Teacher, Social Services Liaison, and a Dean of students, supporting families and students achieve academic success. She will continue this journey everyday at WOLCS, striving to support the teachers, staff, families and their students earn a world class education, to become future world class citizens.

Ms. Johnson earned her (B.S.) Bachelor's of Science degree in Sport and Recreation Management from Temple University, and her (M. Ed.) Master's in Education degree from Cabrini University.