Our Faculty & Staff

Who We Are


The Faculty and School Staff of W.C. Longstreth are dedicated to the success of all of our scholars.


School Leadership Team


Ms. Tisha A. Douglas, Principal
Mrs. Nakia Harpi, School Based Teacher Leader/Instructional Coach

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • My teaching philosophy is “it takes heart to be a teacher”. Teaching is not just a job, it’s a calling that must drive you to connect with students on a deeper level. A teacher must be able to see past today’s lesson in his /her mission to work toward students’ future best self.

Brief Bio

  • My name is Nakia Harpi. I am the School Based Teacher Leader at W.C. Longstreth School. I have been a teacher here at Longstreth for 20 years. I have taught 2nd grade, 3rd, grade and 5th grade. My mission here at Longstreth is to work with as many students, staff, parents and community partners to build our school to its full capacity.
Mrs. Teki Knox-Wagner, Teacher Leader – TTL/SIS Coach

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • I believe that the teaching and learning take place when we as educators show the students where to look, but don’t tell them what to see. We educators must direct process of learning and not take it away from our students.

Brief Bio

  • Mrs. Teki Knox-Wagner has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Penn State University. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education from Eastern University. Mrs. Knox-Wagner has worked in the education field for the past 18 years in the Philadelphia region. She has been a team member and 6th grade teacher at William C. Longstreth for the past 8 years. Mrs. Knox-Wagner believes it is a joy and honor to able to teach students as enter into their Middle Academy years. She is very active in using novels, short stories, and primary source speeches to enhance the learning process for her students.Mrs. Wagner just want to thank you for entrusting her with your children’s education.
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Mrs. Chartel Summers, Early Literacy Teacher Leader

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. ”
    -Confusious

Brief Bio

  • My name is Chartel Summers. I have been teaching at Longstreth for over 20 years. I currently teach Kindergarten but I have also taught 1st though 5th grades. I am a certified Elementary Teacher and Reading Specialist with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in Reading. I believe all children can learn given the right conditions. I believe children learn in different ways and it is up to the teacher to incorporate different teaching and learning styles into their lessons so all children can learn. I give children the tools to become good readers, writers and critical thinkers. I love teaching and building foundational skills, that’s probably why I have a love of teaching Kindergarten.
Ms. Erika Dajevskis, Counselor

Teaching Philosophy and Brief Bio

  • All students have gifts, talents, and strengths to share with their community. All students can learn, achieve, and contribute at high levels.Education can and should be a path to empowerment, opportunity, freedom, connection, and justice. School counselors should advocate for these outcomes for every student.Schools can help students bounce back from challenges and traumas by providing safety, supportive relationships, and activating students’ inner and outer resources.A comprehensive school counseling program must be flexible, fearless, creative, and resilient in understanding and meeting students’ developmental needs.School counselors are passionate advocates for for the strengths in each student and fight for opportunities and possibilities for students.School counselors continually grow, learn, and improve and take pride in the professional certifications and credentials that qualify us to plan, manage, deliver, and evaluate the comprehensive school counseling program.School counselors should use good data thoughtfully to create and efficient, effective, and powerful comprehensive school counseling program that benefits all students.School counselors model ethical, humane, respectful care and honor the ASCA code of ethics.

Office Staff


TBD


Teaching Staff


PreK


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Ms. Basso – Rm. 109

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • “Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” Rita Pierson

Brief Bio

  • I have had the joy of teaching in early elementary grades for fifteen years. I graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Early Education. I am currently working on a second Master’s degree from Mississippi College in Curriculum and Instruction. I hold dual certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. This will be my first year teaching at Longstreth. I am very excited to be part of the Longstreth family!
Mr. Dotter, Rm 107

Brief Bio

  • Hi everyone, my name is Steve Dotter and this is my first year at Longstreth. I am looking forward to working with all of you and educating your children. I taught Head Start at George Clymer for 6 years and I taught kindergarten at Lewis Elkin for 5 years. I am not originally from Philly but have been living here since 2004. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University and a Master’s Degree from Cabrini College. I enjoy going to plays and reading books but my favorite thing to do is go to concerts. I can’t wait to get to know all of you and work alongside you.

Kindergarten


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Ms. Williams – Rm. 111

Brief Bio

  • Hello! My name is Ms. Williams, soon to be Mrs. Christmas. I have a Masters in Elementary Education and have been teaching for 7 years. I have taught Kindergarten through 5th grade. This is my sixth year teaching Kindergarten. I love seeing the amazing growth a kindergartner can make in just one year. My favorite things to do are reading, cooking, crafting and helping little minds grow. I can’t wait to see the amazing things our scholars will achieve this year!
Mrs. Summers – Rm. 113

Brief Bio

  • My name is Chartel Summers. I have been teaching at Longstreth for 20 years. I currently teach Kindergarten but I have also taught 1st though 5th grades. I have a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in Reading. I love teaching and building foundational skills, that’s probably why I have a love of teaching Kindergarten.

1st Grade


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Mrs. Timmons – Rm. 204

Brief Bio

  • My name is Mrs. Timmons and I can’t wait to get to know you! We are going to have a lot of fun learning together this year. First grade is filled with lots of exciting growth and discovery. I am so excited for the school year to begin! This is my 4th year of teaching first grade. I have my Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Temple University. I love books and we are going to read so much this year! When I’m not teaching, you’ll find me spending time with my husband and two young children, cooking for friends, and making crafts!!
Mrs. Franklin – Rm. 207

2nd Grade


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Mrs. Strong – Rm. 205

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • I believe that my classroom should be a safe and caring community where all children are encouraged to ask questions to foster their own curiosity and learning. Every child is unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow emotionally, mentally, and physically. It is my desire to create a classroom culture where students can meet their full potential.

Brief Bio

  • This is my 14th year teaching. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Florida. In addition, I hold a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida. Math and Science are my favorite subjects.
    When I’m not teaching, I am spending time with my son. We enjoy fishing and visiting science museums. I also enjoy anything to do with water, baking, reading, and playing piano.
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Mrs. Maphosa – Rm. 210

Brief Bio

  • Greeting Family!My name is Ms. Maphosa and I am going to be your 3rd Grade Teacher. This will be my 14th year working as an educator. I enjoy teaching 3rd grade and all the exploring, learning and fun stuff that we get to do as a family. I have a Master’s Degree in Business & Education, certified Prek-4th grade & ESL K-12 certification pending.
    I have a younger brother and sister, I am off course the first born child in my family. I am the one & only, wise, fun, creative older sister out of my siblings.
    This summer, I finally get to visit family and friends. I was able to visit my friend from 2nd grade who lives in Birmingham, London. I had such an awesome time with her. We went out to fancy dinners, high tea, church & my favorite thing to do which is shopping.
    I can’t wait to spend the next year learning and growing with you.
    Blessings!
    Ms. Maphosa

3rd Grade


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Ms. Wiedman – Rm. 206

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all which have the potential to turn a life around.” –Leo Buscaglia

Brief Bio

  • My name is Ms. Wiedman. I have been teaching at Longstreth for the past three years throughout which I taught fourth grade. This year will be my first year teaching third grade here. I have a love for learning which I try to instill in the students that I teach. In my free time, I like to spend time with friends and family, and I also love to travel.

4th Grade


Ms. Baldwin – Rm. 211

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • I believe that all scholars possess individual strengths and specific needs. It is my role to address both in an appropriate framework so that all scholars may grow, learn, and develop into capable citizens.

Brief Bio

  • I am a career changer. I have been teaching at Longstreth Elementary since December, 2015. I enjoy swimming, line dancing, and listening to music. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Also, I have a Master’s degree in Education. I am married and have one daughter.
Ms. Lucas – Rm. 212

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • My philosophy of education is that all children are unique and must be taught in a safe educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is my desire to create this type of atmosphere where students can meet their full potential. I believe in establishing and maintaining a strong partnership with parents and guardians in order to help students acheieve success!Teaching is a work of heart and I have the biggest heart!Mrs. Lucas Favorite Saying (I wear two hats in the classroom. I am a teacher and a mother.)

Brief Bio

  • I am a veteran who has been educating young people within the School District of Philadelphia for more than eighteen years. I have taught third through sixth grade during my tenure. I have a Bachelors in Education from Temple University , graduate credits from Cheyney University and will be finishing my studies at Holy Family in the fall. I have been married for fifteen years and have two beautiful children.

5th Grade


Mr. Miller – Rm. 208

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • “Education is a journey not a race “ Students need to travel through life feeling like a sponge absorbing all they can . They need to realize that it’s not how you start , but how you finish. They must create their own belief system and learn to make things great no matter what.

Brief Bio

  • Greeting Family!
  • My name is Mr. Miller and I am going to be your scholar’s 5th Grade Teacher. This will be my 23rd year working as an educator. I enjoy teaching 5rd grade and all the exploring, learning and creative things that will place your student in the path of success. When they enter my classroom , they are considered one of mine.. Educationally , I have a Masters Degree in Education and I’m certified to teach K-6 Elementary.
    I have a younger sister and older brother and sister. First of all , I am the one that they look to for advice. I believe that “Education is a journey, not a race”.
    This summer I visited both Martha’s Vineyard and the Bahamas. I was able to visit my friends and discuss old times. Reading , Cooking and Relaxing consumed the major part of my summer vacation.
    Coming back to a new experience, with new students makes me proud to be an Educator.
  • Success for all,
  • Mr. Fred Miler
  • Attended West Catholic High School. DiplomaAttended Lincoln University of Pa. Received a Ba. Degree Business, Economics and FinanceAttended Lincoln University of Pa. Received a Masters of EducationI Have three other siblings.I have two children. Both very successful.My wife and daughter are both educators.

6th Grade


ELA/Social Studies – Mrs. Wagner Rm. 312

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • I believe that the teaching and learning take place when we as educators show the students where to look, but don’t tell them what to see. We educators must direct process of learning and not take it away from our students.

Brief Bio

  • Mrs. Teki Knox-Wagner has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Penn State University. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education from Eastern University. Mrs. Knox-Wagner has worked in the education field for the past 18 years in the Philadelphia region. She has been a team member and 6th grade teacher at William C. Longstreth for the past 8 years. Mrs. Knox-Wagner believes it is a joy and honor to able to teach students as enter into their Middle Academy years. She is very active in using novels, short stories, and primary source speeches to enhance the learning process for her students.Mrs. Wagner just want to thank you for entrusting her with your children’s education.
Math/Science – Ms. Marlow Rm. 304

7th & 8th Grade


Ms. Cortese – Rm. 308 – 7th & 8th Mathematics

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • “It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts. It is to teach them to think, and always to think for themselves.”

Brief Bio

  • Mrs. Cortese graduated in 2018 with her Masters Degree in Education. A native of Iowa, Mrs. Cortese obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She commissioned into the United States Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer for 5 years. In 2016 she and her husband welcomed their first son. They relocated to Philadelphia in 2017.
Mr. Armiger – Rm. 306 – 7th & 8th Science

Brief Bio

  • Before teaching, I worked as a researcher and also as an educator at different zoos and museums across the country. I currently live in Philadelphia with my partner, cats and birds. In my free-time, I enjoy drawing and gardening. As my students could tell you, my favorite animal is a pigeon, one of many animals that make an appearance in my science classroom throughout the year.
Mr. Rocco – Rm. 305 – 7th & 8th Social Studies

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • My educational philosophy is students will model their teacher, so an outstanding teacher will produce outstanding students through passion, professionalism and patience.
    As a teacher, I’ve seen the light bulb go off above a student’s head when they finally get it, and every time I smile. The light bulb is a reward and validation for what a teacher is doing. It takes passion to continue to push students and continue to find ways for students to discover information.
    An outstanding teacher must be meticulous in the details, from grading tests to running a lesson to discipline, while making sure they are firm but fair. There is a fine line between sharing a student’s interests, and becoming their friend. Being professional creates respect for teachers in the classroom and limits problems when it comes to disciplining students.
    An outstanding educator needs to let learning come to him. Maybe the lesson needs to be changed to aid discovery, maybe the students need more time to find those answers. Patience will teach you to let the learning happen and give students the time to express their creativity.“99% of failures come from people who make excuses.”
    ― George Washington

Brief Bio

  • I am finishing my 12th year teaching Social Studies in the School District of Philadelphia. In my time I have taught World Geography, American History, Global Studies, Civics and Government and African-American History in all grades except 10th grade.
    I am very enthusiastic about my job, and my colleagues often say that my energy and excitement filters down to the students in my classroom. My style is very hands on, project-based and kinetic, constantly moving about the classroom. I don’t even have a chair at my desk!!
    I teach my students to be life-long learners and great citizens in their school community, neighborhood and wherever else they will grace with their presence. I love giving them an awareness of their voice and their important part in society. The world is changing, which is why I incorporate Current Events into my classroom as a regular assignment so students get a sense their world is more than the bedroom, Facebook, and what celebrities are tweeting about.
    This year, I again partnered with Design Thinking Philadelphia and a team of students to look at problems in our school, the community and the world. We presented our idea to a panel at the Wells Fargo Center and won first place for our idea of enhancing the school lunch.
    I live in Bucks County with my wife and three kids
Ms. Barron – Rm. 301 – 7th & 8th ELA & Social Studies

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • My teaching philosophy is that learning should be a journey, not a destination, and it is a shared one. Ideas should be uncovered, not covered – if we as educators do not discover as much or more as those we educate, we have missed something along the way.“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela

Brief Bio

  • This is my sixth year teaching at Longstreth – I began teaching in the District in 2000! This is my first year teaching Secondary English Language Arts. I have taught Kindergarten, 1st , 3rd , team-taught 5th , and High School. I am a graduate of Penn State University, University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University (Go Dragons!) I have teaching certifications in Elementary K-6, Secondary Social Studies, Secondary English Language Arts and English as a Second or Other Language (ESoL).My favorite color is green. I love to cook, make jewelry, and I especially LOVE to write! I also love using music to teach and learn. I can’t wait to be amazed by our scholars’ talents and abilities!

Instructional Support


Mrs. Bazzell – ELS Coach – Main Office
Mrs. Nakia Harpi – SBTL/Math Coach- Rm. 302
Ms. Tisha A. Douglas, Principal – Data Room/Office – Rm. 220 K-5/Rm. 320 6-8

Specialists


Computer Intervention


Mrs. Baxter -Rm. 313

My name is Venita V. Baxter. I am certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I received both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at West Chester University. I was raised by educators. My four children and I were educated in the Philadelphia School system. Education has always been important to me. That is why I chose to go to college at a mature age and become a teacher. I have worked in the Philadelphia school system for over 20 years, working various positions helping to educate our children. I know that the children are our future. I am here to educate our children for the future. They are tomorrow’s leaders. It takes courage to teach….


Math Intervention


Ms. Collins – Rm. 303

Brief Bio

  • Greetings,
    My name is Ms. Reneé Collins and I have been teaching here at W.C. Longstreth for 6 years. I earned my educational degrees from the following universities as follows – I have a Bachelor Degree from Temple University, a Master’s degree from Cheyney University, and a second Master’s degree from Lincoln University. My early educational experiences came from The Philadelphia School system.
    This summer I spent lots of time with family, close friends and traveling. In closing, I am looking for a fun filled school year of learning and new experiences.
    Ms. R. Collins

Physical Education/Health


Mr. Washington – Gymnasium – Health/Rm. 307

Art


Kerri Potter – Rm. 202

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I am the new art teacher at W.C. Longstreth Elementary School. I attended Kutztown University where I received my degree in Art Education and a minor in the fiber arts. Currently, I am studying for my master’s in Special Education at Holy Family University. This will be my third year teaching for the School District of Philadelphia, and I am so excited to be here working with your scholars.


Special Education/School Support


Autistic Support/SEL


Mrs. Edwards – Rm. 103

LS K-5


Ashlee Van Boening – Rm. 301

Brief Bio

  • My name is Ashlee Van Boening. I was born and graduated in California near Los Angeles. I received a Bachelor’s Degree from Arcadia University as well as dual certifications in Elementary and Special Education. I have completed my Master’s Degree Program at Arcadia as well with a dual certification in Reading Specialist and English as Second Language with a concentration in Urban Education. I live in Philadelphia with my cat Montgomery and love trying different restaurant’s version of macaroni and cheese.

6-8 LS


Mrs. Jones – Rm. 309/319

Brief Bio

  • My name is Beverly Jones and I graduated with a Masters of Science from Saint Josephs University with a dual certification in Elementary and Special Education. I have been teaching for over twenty years and I love teaching.

ILS


Mrs. Nordseik – Rm. 309

ES 6-8


TBA

Psychologist/Speech Therapy


Dr. Zietland – Rm. 104

Counselor


Ms. Erika Dajevskis – Rm. 213

Behavioral Health


STS – Rm. 209

Resource Room


Restorative Action Center


Climate & Culture Team – Rm. 105

Computer Lab


School Team – Rm. 200B

Sped Office


Sped Team – Rm. 319

Climate/School Support


Mr. Tate – Climate Manager – Rm. 201

Teaching Philosophy and Quote

  • “Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”

    Leave your problems at the door and be free to explore all the great things Longstreth has in store. Looking forward to positive change and productivity!

Brief Bio

  • Mr. Tate is new to Longstreth, but not to education and student success. Everyone has the right to a quality education clear of distractions in order to focus on the task at hand. Longstreth will be the foundation from which great young minds will grow and flourish. This is his 23rd year working with the youth. Mr. Tate enjoys encouraging others to conquer their fears and accomplishing goals that were thought to be unattainable. Educationally, I have a Bachelor degree from Wesley College, a Master’s degree from Wilmington University, a second Master’s degree from Arcadia University, and an Advanced Certificate in School Counseling from Wilmington University. Mr. Tate enjoys cooking, baking, being healthy, Pittsburgh Steelers, and spending time with family and friends.

SPO – SPO – TBA

Ms. Yancey – Secretary – Main Office