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Linda Cliatt-Wayman

2013 Speaker

Linda Cliatt-Wayman is the principal of Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After 20 years as a classroom teacher, Wayman decided to become a coach for new teachers, and then principal in 2003. In 2005, she 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 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), to above 50% in both areas and ensuring a 94% college acceptance rate. From 2010 to 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 area high schools. Her efforts to establish SMHS as a safe and academic institute for learning have been featured on ABCs’ “Nightline” and “World News Report.” Wayman received her B.A. from Kutztown University and M.A. from St. Joseph’s University.