Jennifer C. Faustman
Jennifer believes that every child deserves the opportunity and foundation that a great education provides, and she is dedicated to giving them this chance. As the founding Executive Director of the Community Education Alliance of West Philadelphia in 2003, Jennifer established an organization committed to changing the trajectory of children’s lives by offering a rich variety of school-based social service programs that work in tandem with the Belmont and Belmont Academy Charter (now known as Inquiry Charter School) schools. She grew the organization to a 2 million dollar operating budget and developed a plethora of holistic school-based programs including Family Support Services, Head Start, and Out-of-School time programming. Jennifer’s role was expanded to act as the Chief Executive Officer for both the Belmont and Belmont Academy Charter Schools in 2006. Jennifer manages a staff of over 130 employees and an operating budget of approximately 10 million.
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor’s in Labor and Industrial Relations from Penn State University in 1998. She went on to work in Human Resources and Investor Relations in the Financial Services industry prior to committing her career to the non-profit world.
Chief of Staffbeth.email@example.com
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Head of Academicsdenise.firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Metz is a career educator with over 20 years of experience in education in Philadelphia. In 2009, she joined the Belmont Charter Network family as a first grade teacher, before becoming the Director of the Lower School, then later the Director of Instruction at Belmont Elementary, and now Head of Academics for the Network. One of her proudest moments was when she watched her very first class at Belmont become the first graduating class from BCHS in 2021!
Denise holds a MA in English Literature from Georgetown University, MS Ed from St. Joseph’s University and a BA from Fordham University.
Denise has 3 children, all of whom attended Belmont Academy and Inquiry Charter School.
When she is not at Belmont, Denise can be found walking in the Wissahickon with her family, drinking coffee in a bookstore, and playing video games.
Denise knows that every moment with a child is an opportunity for growth, learning, conversation, and connection. She is thankful to the families and students of Belmont for all of the shared moments and opportunities.
Managing Director of Prevention and Family Supportmargarita.email@example.com
Margarita oversees the social services component of Belmont Charter Networks (5) schools.
Margarita obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts (Criminal Justice) and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University. She is a strong advocate with intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the City of Philadelphia’s family and social service systems. Her perspective provides a more in-depth approach to social work and youth development. Moreover, her story is a testament to what is possible when you are unwavering in your faith and committed to adhering to purpose. Outside of her traditional education pursuits. Margarita served as the Founding Youth Development Specialist and Counselor for Temple University’s Center for Special Policy and Community Development (CSPCD), Founding Lower School Social Worker at Stephen Girard College, Youth Development Specialist for the Department of Human Services Philadelphia, PA and Founding Resilience Specialist for Vaux Big Picture High School.
Before her work at BCN, she served as a member of the Child Welfare Resource Board (Philadelphia County/DHS); Member of the Child Welfare Advisory Board (Philadelphia County/DHS); and is a current member of the City of Philadelphia’s, Child Welfare Oversight Board which allows her to continue her mission to advocate for the social and emotional wellness of youth.
Margarita is known for saying, “Social work is a mission for me and not just a profession. My life’s work is to do whatever it takes to make the life of a child a little easier to bear.”
Chief of Programs & Partnershipsshanisha.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Human Resources Directoradia.email@example.com
Adia joined Belmont Charter Network in 2018 and comes to us with over 10 years of experience in Human Resources management. She has worked at several non-profits which include a few charter schools in the area, as well as Caring People Alliance and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Most recently she was with KIPP Philadelphia Schools where she managed 6 locations and handled a sleuth of other HR responsibilities.
Adia has a degree in Computer Software with a major in Human Resources. She became a certified Senior HR Professional in 2016. Adia manages the entire Human Resources department along with a team of three people.
Adia has a strong passion for working in non-profits who service children throughout Philadelphia. Adia is married with 5 children and lives in Philadelphia. In her spare time she loves to cook, workout and spend quality time with her family and friends.
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Director of Positive Educationbob.email@example.com
Bob has been with the Belmont Charter Network since 2005 and currently serves as the Director of Positive Education. In this role, Bob develops and oversees Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs at the network and helps leaders to integrate empirically validated Positive Psychology and wellness practices throughout the organization. Bob is committed to Belmont’s mission of promoting both the academic and emotional well-being of each child.
Bob holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Education (K-8 Teaching credential) from the Pennsylvania State University.
Director of Special Educationkaren.firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen began teaching in the field of Special Education at Upsal School for the Blind in the Germantown section of Philadelphia after graduating from West Chester State College with a BS degree and Elementary Teaching Certification. In 1980 Karen was awarded a Fellowship with Temple University and the Woodhaven School in Northeast Philadelphia while working towards her special education certification.
In the early 80’s Karen was employed by ACCESS, an agency that created and supported group homes for adults with special needs. Karen has always respected the lives of the disabled and was energized by seeing them work towards their individual potential.
Karen took a break from teaching for 15 years to raise her four children. She re-entered teaching in 1998 in the East Stroudsburg Area Public Schools. She taught students with learning disabilities before moving with her family to the Philadelphia suburbs in 2000.
In 2004 she accepted a position at Belmont Charter School as a special education self-contained classroom teacher.
In 2006 Karen moved into the position of Special Education Director for Belmont. Belmont continues to grow and is now part of a Network of Schools where Karen serves as the Head of Special Education
Karen is committed to the mission of Belmont Charter Network to promote the academic, social and emotional well-being of each child.