Mr. Shannon, received his elementary and secondary schooling in the School District of Philadelphia. That school experience, coupled with his firm family values, inspired him to become an educator. After graduating from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and working for a short time in corporate business, Mr. Shannon began working with the School District of Philadelphia as a Lead Trainer and Facilitator with the original Student Assistance Program.
Mr. Shannon pursued his Master’s Degree in Education at Cheyney University and was invited to become a part of Lehigh University’s Educational Leadership Principal Intern program and before completing the entire training, he was contacted to become the Principal of Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in November 1999. He led a school that had a history of challenges with climate, academic and staffing, along with low student morale and parental involvement. In his five and a half years as Principal, he established a successful instructional program for primary and middle grades that exceeded PSSA averages, statistically improved teaching and learning opportunities for students and teachers, and developed an organizational design that aligns with school safety and climate standards.
While at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, he received the Keystone Award for Academic Excellence for school years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 and led the school in attaining Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) four consecutive years exceeding state test score averages. In 2005, after serving as a Principal, his success moved him to the School District’s Central Office as the Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Transition and Alternative Education.
In January of 2006, Gregory Shannon was selected by the Chief Academic Officer, to become the Regional Superintendent of the CEO Region, becoming the youngest Regional Superintendent in recent School District history. This specialized Region represented a pilot region of twelve schools that were part of the Turn Around Specialist Program that was a collaboration between the School District of Philadelphia and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business/Curry School of Education partnership. This is a national model of leadership in education aimed to move the twelve identified schools out of corrective action within two years. Mr. Shannon was the lead liaison for the model and was responsible for the key performance indicators for all twelve schools and provided oversight and key support as the “Shepherd” to the twelve Principals now called Turn Around Specialists.
In July of 2007, the CEO Region was merged with the Restructured Schools Region to become the largest region in the School District of Philadelphia with 50 schools. Mr. Shannon, became the Regional Superintendent and assumed responsibility and leadership of this challenging region.
In July 2008, Mr. Shannon served as the Regional Superintendent of the East Region where he serviced 25 schools and 20 thousand students in a K-12 alignment.
In May 2013, Gregory Shannon was appointed as the Superintendent for the Chester Upland School District. He along with his dynamic leadership team have already begun implementing important steps in creating a school district where students will receive an excellent education in a safe, nurturing and academically oriented environment. The Child We Raise will lead the village…is the mantra that Mr. Shannon has envisioned and put in place for the Chester Upland School District.
Most recently, Greg attended Harvard University where he participated in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s, Leadership Institute for Superintendents.
Mr. Shannon is a leader’s leader with the ability to mentor administrative and school based staff to achieve their full potential and the meet the school district’s mission. He is committed to serving the students and parents of the Chester Upland School District and will continue to put excellence in academics first.
Constructing student success and academic excellence (Sizer, 1992; Levin, 1987) for all students is integral to this administration. We believe that a student’s zip code should not define his or her ability to achieve and be successful. Reinforcing students in a positive way creates a natural opportunity for parents to be involved in the lives of their children in our schools. The students are celebrated quarterly at a monthly board meeting. Each school selects the top student in the school at any grade level each month. The categories are as follows: Attendance, Citizenship and Academic Achievement. The selected students and their families are celebrated each quarter at a school board meeting. The selection criteria are as follows:
· 100% with zero tardiness or class cuts
· Good citizenship
(Satisfactory=S or Excellent=E in comment section on report card).
· Exemplary behavior with no infractions and with recommendations from a climate manager, the principal and an extracurricular teacher or aide/paraprofessional
· Excellent attendance with zero tardiness or class cuts and good citizenship comments
(Satisfactory=S or Excellent=E in comment section on report card)
Academic Achievement Award
· Distinguished Honors (all A's)
· Exemplary behavior (no behavior infractions)
· Good attendance.
Chester Upland School District
232 W. 9th Street, 1st floor
Chester, PA 19013