Executive Officers 2021 - 2022
Michelle Linder-Coates currently serves as the Executive Director of Partnership Development and Support for the School District ofPhiladelphia’s Office of Early Childhood. In this role, Michelle is responsible for pre-k programming for more than 8,000 children in more than 100 community-based early learning centers in Philadelphia. Michelle has served on a number of councils, advisor boards and think tanks that were instrumental in shaping and elevating the importance of early childhood education in our city and state governments, and has been appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the PA Early Learning Council.
Michelle has been an educator in the School District of Philadelphia since 1996. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration with professional certifications in Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Elementary Principal, Superintendent’s Letter, and a post-graduate certificate in Early Education Leadership from Harvard University. Michelle has served as a mentor for new and veteran leaders, candidates for administrative certifications and as an advisor to professional colleagues in various industries.
Vice President/ Career Mobility
Tameron Dancy currently serves as Principal of Robert Morris Elementary School in the School District of Philadelphia where she is responsible for the rigorous education, safety, and equitable treatment of students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Tameron has served in a variety of roles in education, some of which include: Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach, and Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) instructor with BCCC. With a love for reading, as a teacher, Tameron was recognized and awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for best practices in Reading Comprehension. Most recently as a new school leader, she has led her school to receive one of the District’s Family Engagement recognitions and subsequent financial award as well as a variety of other accolades.
Tameron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston in Texas, a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Albright College, and a Pre-K-12 Principal Certification from Philadelphia’s Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools (Philly PLUS).
Prior to being newly installed as Vice President, Tameron served BWEA as the Recording Secretary and was a vital member of the Public Relations Committee. Other duties and responsibilities Tameron assumed were photographer, mentor with the Career Mobility committee, and social media manager to name a few. In her spare time, Tameron loves to read, travel and advocate for abused women and children. She looks forward to supporting the growth of BWEA’s current members as well as increasing overall membership for the organization.
Stephanie has been an educator in the School District of Philadelphia for over 35 years. She has served in generally every capacity eventually retiring as a principal. During the last one and half years Stephanie worked in Central Office working in the Office of Leadership and Professional Development supporting Teacher Coaches, Consulting Teachers and First Year Principals.
In her role as principal Stephanie received the following awards:
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Distinguished Principal Award
Schoolmen’s Club of Philadelphia’s Dr. Jerome Revello & Hugo Cuillo Service to the Club Award
The Cred Dobson Achievement Award-Honorable Mention and Most Improved School Award
Stephanie has been a member of BWEA working on the Membership Committee and then Co-Chair of the Committee. Although retired, Stephanie continues to be a passionate educator looking to support any and all that are new to the field of education.
Financial Secretary/ Hospitality
Christel King is currently a Doctorate student at Gwynedd Mercy University. Christel is also a graduate of Chestnut Hill College where she received a Master of Education with a concentration in Special Education and a second Master's degree with a concentration in Education Administration/Principal certificate K-12. Christel has worked in the Public Education system for the past 14years. Christel has worked as a Special Education teacher and Special Education Compliance Monitor in her career as an Educator.
Prior to becoming an Educator, Christel worked in the Banking Industry for 15 years. Christel worked in Commercial Banking servicing large corporate clients across the United States.
Christel also serves on the board of Northwood Credit Union under the Supervisory Committee. Christel is a licensed Cosmetologist and enjoys volunteering her time and talent when needed within the community.
Aisha Al-Muid has over 13 years of service inside of both charter and traditional public educational institutions. Her service as an Early Childhood Field Administrator for the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Early Childhood is her current role. Aisha began her career in education as a substitute teacher and has served in roles as a pre-kindergarten assistant teacher, elementary school teacher, financial literacy program coordinator and Director of Before, After, and Summercare programming. Aisha has also created innovative elementary school curriculum units for English Language Arts and Social Studies content with support from TIP (Teachers Institute of Philadelphia).TIP is an affiliate of the Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in the public schools and in partnership with University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. During her participation in TIP she served in a leadership role as a teacher mentor and advisor.
Aisha holds an Associates degree in Early Childcare from BMCC (Borough of Manhattan Community College), Bachelor's degree in English from Hunter College, Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Lincoln University. Pennsylvania certifications in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Administrative Principal K-12.
Dr. Veirdre Jackson is a woman pursuing her purpose, passion, and life’s priority to share her belief that all children deserve the best education available. She is an award-winning author, educator, and entrepreneur who is recognized as a leading educational trainer in trauma informed practices and cultural competence. She is a veteran educator with over 20 years of experience supporting non-profit and executive leadership.
Through her experiences with systems based approaches to Trauma Awareness and Competency Development, the Resiliency Approach, and Positive Behavior and Intervention Strategies, she has harnessed her passion for building organizational resilience and personal strength on behalf of youth, families, and educational professionals. She provides training, consulting and supports for parents, educators, administrators, clinicians and youth development staff who desire to impact children from the inside out.
Dr. Jackson is the CEO/Founder of Living Strong Consulting LLC and the Co-Founder of Fresh Fountain of Life Counseling and Wellness. She also serves on the educational executive boards of the Black Women’s Educational Alliance and Camp Endeavor. She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and consultant, working with organizations like Lakeside Global Institute as a mentor trainer; Penn State Extension as an online course developer; Pennsylvania Early Head Start as a classroom and home visiting coach; Zero to Three as a Certified trainer in Infant Toddler Competencies and the Growing Brain; and various K-12 public and charter school districts as an Equity and Justice Consultant and Relational Coach. Her commitment to leaders and organizational development is elevated through her John Maxwell Team Certification which allows her to support leaders in sustaining growth and maintaining mission through trainings, mastermind sessions, lunch & learns, and coaching in such topics as Today Matters, Leadership Gold, How to Be a REAL Success, Becoming A Person of Influence, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, and more. Her internet radio show and podcast on Voice America’s Empowerment Station, Spotify and iHeart Radio entitled Living Strong: The Flip Side of Adversity reaches listeners with inspirational, authentic and practical stories from lived experiences by her guest cohosts on how to manage bad experiences to leverage lessons and create gains in the areas of relationships, time management, health, mental wellness and mindset, finances, leadership, and faith.
Dr. Tory Robinson
Dr. Tory Robinson currently serves as an Early Childhood Field Administrator for the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Early Childhood. As an Early Childhood Field Administrator, Dr. Robinson provides support to community based early learning centers to ensure high quality pre-k programming for children and families.
Dr. Robinson professional experience includes serving as a teacher, instructional specialist, adjunct professor, and early childhood administrator. She holds a master of science degree in Educational Administration. She also holds a doctorate degree in education with a strong focus on instructional leadership. Dr. Robinson has Pennsylvania certifications in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Administrative Principal K-12. Dr. Robinson uses her knowledge and experience to live in her passion of serving children, families, and educators in the community.
Franchessca Dyer, M.S.Ed, has been an educator in Philadelphia and the surrounding area for the past 17 years. She has been a member of the Black Women’s Educational Alliance, Philadelphia Chapter since 2018, and serves as one of the Parliamentarians and Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee. She received her masters degree in Educational Leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University and completed her undergraduate studies at Arizona State University.
She is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Educating is her passion, and eliminating disparities in education is her mission.
Margaret Mullen Whiting
Immediate Past President
Margaret Mullen Whiting, a retired administrator of the School District of Philadelphia since 2013, serves as the Past President of the Philadelphia Chapter of Black Women’s Educational Alliance. She held the position of President of the chapter for six years.
Before taking on this position, Margaret had held teaching and administrative positions in education for 35 years (since 1978). She holds a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education (minoring In Reading and Music), a Masters Degree in Educational Administration, and a Superintendent’s letter.
Margaret has two grown, successful daughters who are products of the School District with whom she is quite proud. She enjoys mentoring our members, especially those interested in moving forward in Educational administration.