Executive Officers 2020 - 2021


Margaret Mullen-Whiting


Margaret Mullen-Whiting, a retired administrator of the School District of Philadelphia since 2013, serves as the current president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Black Women’s Educational Alliance. She has held this position for 4 years. Before taking on this position, Margaret had held teaching and administrative positions in education for 35 years (since 1978). She holds a Bachelor’s 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 of Philadelphia with whom she is quite proud. Margaret serves as an ad-hoc member of all committees of BWEA. She enjoys mentoring our members, especially those interested in moving forward in Educational Administration.


Michelle Linder-Coates

Vice President/Career Mobility

Michelle Linder-Coates currently serves as the Executive Director ofPartnership 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, and Superintendent’s



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.

June Blue


June A. Blue is a retired educator from the School District of Philadelphia serving 36 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in History Education from Hampton Institute (University), Master of Education in Secondary/Urban Education from Antioch Graduate

School, Certificate – Special Education from Antioch Graduate School. In addition, she also completed post-graduate courses at University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph’s University and Arcadia University. Finally, she completed Principal Certification coursework with the School District of

Philadelphia in conjunction with Arcadia University.


June has held numerous leadership positions in the district. She was a testing monitor, CSAP coordinator, small learning community coordinator, extended day school coordinator, voyager coach, instructor for the Philadelphia Reading Academy, School District of

Philadelphia and St. Joseph’s University. Although she retired as a Reading First Coach in 2010, her “first love” was working with her students as a special education teacher. June has served as Scholarship Co-Chair, Membership Chair and Financial Treasurer of BWEA Philadelphia Chapter.

Tina Randall

Financial Secretary

Tina Randall, a native Philadelphian, earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master of Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Tina also received Elementary and Special Education Supervisory certificates from Cheyney University, and completed doctoral course work with the University of Phoenix in Educational Leadership.


Tina’s professional journey as an educator for thirty-seven years has been with the Chicago Public School System and the School District of Philadelphia. She spent her years in Philadelphia at the Overbrook School for the Blind and Overbrook Educational Center, where she retired in November 2015. Throughout her career, innovative methods for teaching the deaf, blind, and visually impaired student remains her legacy and has helped students tremendously in their daily living skills and academic success.

Tameron Dancy

Recording Secretary

Tameron Dancy currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Laura H. Carnell School in the School District of Philadelphia and is responsible for the rigorous education and safety of over 400 students in third through fifth grades. Before becoming an administrator, Tameron served in a variety of roles in education such as a long-term substitute teacher, tutor, middle and high school motivational speaker, Literacy Coach, Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) instructor with Bucks County Community College, and an elementary school literacy and social studies teacher

with Mastery Charter Schools where she was recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for best practices in Reading Comprehension.


Tameron earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, a Master’s in Education from Albright College and a Pre-K-12 Principal Certification through Philadelphia’s Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools (Philly PLUS).

Veirdre Jackson

Corresponding Secretary

Dr. Veirdre Jackson is a veteran educator with over 20 years of experience. Through her experiences with systems based approaches to Trauma Awareness and Competency Development, she provide training, consulting and coaching 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 (www.livingstrongllc.com) and the Co-Founder of Fresh Fountain of Life Counseling and Wellness. She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and curriculum developer with organizations such as, 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 a Cultural Competence and Relational Coach.


She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Drexel University; a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Temple University; and a Doctoral Degree from Wilmington University in Educational Leadership and Innovation.

Dr. Tory Hagains


Dr. Tory Hagains 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. Hagains

provides support to community based early learning centers to ensure high quality pre-k programming for children and families.


Dr. Hagains 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. Hagains has Pennsylvania certifications in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Administrative Principal K-12. Dr. Hagains uses her knowledge and experience to live in her passion of serving children, families, and educators in the community.