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Linda Cliatt-Wayman

2013 and 2014 Speaker

Linda Cliatt-Wayman is the former principal of Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the author of Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard: Finding Your Purpose And Putting It To Work. After 20 years as a classroom teacher, Wayman decided to become a New Teacher Coach, then Principal in 2003.  In 2005, she was moved to Rhodes High School where she was credited with moving the school from 3% and 9% proficiency in math and reading as measured by the PSSA to above 50% in both areas and ensuring a 94% college acceptance rate.   During 2010-2012, Wayman served as assistant superintendent for all 52 high schools in Philadelphia.   In 2013, Wayman decided to return to the neighborhood where she grew up to lead the merger of three neighborhood high schools.  Her efforts to establish SMHS as a safe and academic institute for learning was featured on ABCs’ “Nightline” and “World News Report.”  Wayman received her B.A. from Kutztown University and MA. from St. Joseph’s University.