Stuart Washawer

Stuart Washawer - Fisher Fellow 2019-20

Stu is thrilled to join KIPP NJ after serving the students of Philadelphia as a principal for Mastery Charter Schools from 2014 to 2019. Stu first served as a Principal for four years at Harrity Upper School in West Philadelphia and subsequently for one year at Thomas High School in South Philadelphia. Harrity was recognized by the School District of Philadelphia for advancing two categories on the city’s School Progress Report between 2014–2018. During his time leading schools in Philadelphia, Stu was selected as a Neubauer Fellow in Educational Leadership.

Stu has been an educator since 2003. Prior to becoming a Principal, Stu served as a middle school teacher in the Bronx, and as a teacher and Dean of Students for Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in Brooklyn. In addition to being a principal, Stu is an avid rock climber, and got the chance to represent all of his students and colleagues on season 10 of NBC’s show, “American Ninja Warrior.” Stu grew up in Media, Pennsylvania and graduated from Friends’ Central School.

“Our students deserve school leaders who are in the business of transforming schools into genuine places of opportunity and 21st century education. I am motivated every day to be my best self on their behalf.”