Office/Administrative Staff

Communications

Angelina Melso
Angelina Melso
Communications Coordinator

Angelina Melso began her career in project management at Lincoln Property Company. As the  Assistant to the Vice President and Building Manager she gained much experience in the areas of customer service and event planning. In addition, it was in these early years that she developed an impressive framework of technical skills that she continues to build upon today


Ms. Melso was an early advocate of public charter education in Philadelphia. She began by volunteering at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School. Ms. Melso was later hired as the executive assistant to the C.E.O at the Philadelphia Charter School for the Arts and Sciences where she worked to meet the needs of the administrators, teachers and students.  Never too far from the business of education, Angelina continued her career as an accounting assistant at Santilli and Thomson LLC . Ms. Melso has recently joined us at American Paradigm Schools as our Communications Coordinator. In this role she is responsible for creating positive name recognition for APS and its schools by promoting the exciting and educational events that are happening on a daily basis.


Ms. Melso currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and 3 children, all of whom attend or graduated from a charter school.


Curriculum & Instruction

Matthew  Glass
Matthew Glass
Academic Coach

As the lead Academic Coach, Matthew Glass is responsible for the professional development and growth of teachers across the American Paradigm network through the lens of instructional effectiveness. By supporting teachers in their classroom, lesson planning, data analysis, and by developing and facilitating trainings, Matthew works to augment teachers’ skills to produce student outcomes.

Matthew received a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland and his Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Saint Joseph’s University. Before joining American Paradigm, Matthew was an English and Composition teacher at Mastery Charter School Thomas High Campus and the founding Instructional Coach for the Great Oaks Foundation Charter School network. In addition, Matthew is a contributing author to Skyrocket Educator Training.

Matthew is a Philadelphia native, life-long Eagles fan, and English Bulldog lover. He currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Faye, and bulldog, Detective Bunk Moreland.


Amanda  Hill
Amanda Hill
Director of Curriculum & Instruction for Literacy

Amanda Hill is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Literacy at American Paradigm Schools. She received her B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University and her M.S. from Drexel University in Special Education before pursuing Post-Master’s credentials to earn her Reading Specialist Certification and Program Specialist (ESL) Certification. Amanda spent the majority of her career in the School District of Philadelphia serving in various capacities. In her primary role as a classroom teacher, Amanda achieved her National Board Certification in the area of Early Adolescent English Language Arts. She also made significant gains in student achievement, evidenced by her PVASS growth measure.

Her experience in leadership positions stem from serving in various capacities as a Literacy Coach, Demonstration Teacher, Educator Effectiveness Ambassador, and the On-site Liaison for the pilot program Write Source Online.

As a Literacy Coach, Amanda was responsible for developing remedial reading classes, data analysis, providing professional development, supporting teachers with data analysis, creating school-wide initiatives to support literacy, developing a school-wide independent reading program, engaging teachers in the coaching cycle, and providing interventions for students. In her role as a Demonstration Teacher, she modeled lessons for teachers, discussed, observed, and provided feedback to teachers in regards to implementing best practices in literacy instruction. In her role as an Educator Effectiveness Ambassador, she supported the teacher progress in relation to various components of Act 82, collaborated with administrators to support initiatives related to understanding and implementing Act 82, and facilitated professional development in relation to Act 82. Lastly, in her role as an On-Site liaison, she took on the responsibility of conducting turn-around training, monitoring implementation of the Write Source curriculum and data collection, maintaining positive relationships with stakeholders, and troubleshooting any conflicts that arose with the program. 

In addition to coaching, Amanda works as an adjunct professor for Harcum College and serves on the Education Advisory Board of Philadelphia Reads. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys reading, shopping, drawing, and scrapbooking.

Denise Johnson
Denise Johnson
Instructional Coach
Kristine Magargee
Kristine Magargee
Director of Pupil Services
As Director of Pupil Services for American Paradigm Schools, Kristine Magargee is responsible for the effective operation of the general administration of Special Education, English as a Second Language, and Counseling programming at American Paradigm Schools.  She has created and presented parent workshops and promoted the organizational mission with programs and services consistently presented in a strong and positive image. 
 
The Office of Pupil Services’ focus lies on meeting the needs of all learners through purposeful instruction and a supportive community.  Prior to her current role, Magargee was CEO, and Principal at First Philadelphia Charter School for Literacy. 

A 1997 graduate of Vassar College with a BA in Religion and Education, Magargee earned a Masters in Educational Leadership from Arcadia University in 2005 and holds a K-12 Pennsylvania Administrator’s Certificate and a K-6 Pennsylvania Teaching Certification.
Scott Meltzer
Scott Meltzer
Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Math

Scott Meltzer joined the American Paradigm team as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for math in the summer of 2017. 

Scott began his education career in 2002.  He has worked in New York City, Seattle, and Philadelphia.  In New York, Scott taught secondary math for three years.  In Seattle, he served as an instructional coach for math for three years before returning to the classroom to teach 8th grade math.  During that time, he earned his National Board for Professional Teaching certification in Early Adolescence Math. 

Scott moved to Philadelphia in 2013.  He taught for one year at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter, then became a curriculum developer and assistant director of math, servicing Mastery Charter Schools.  More recently, Scott served as Vice President of Math at Universal Companies Schools.

Scott earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Columbia University and a Master’s degree in Math Education from Columbia Teachers College.  He is the author of Middle School Math for Parents. 

April  Morton
April Morton
Coordinator of Innovation and Intervention

April Morton’s career in urban education began in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, NY. April earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology with a concentration in Secondary Education from the City University of New York’s Brooklyn College.  


Throughout the following decade, April gained extensive classroom experience as a middle school science teacher before relocating to the Philadelphia area and joining Master Charter Schools. During her years with Mastery, April served as a biology teacher and Director of School Culture for the flagship Lenfest campus, as well as a blended learning consultant for the Simon Gratz campus.


April joined American Paradigm Schools in 2016 and currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and children.


Ryan Scallon
Ryan Scallon
Chief Academic Officer

Ryan Scallon graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a Bachelors of Science in Economics and a Concentration in Management. He then received his teacher certification from Drexel University in Secondary Mathematics. Ryan obtained his Masters of Education in School Administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. 

Prior to joining APS, Ryan held positions as the Principal of Hardy Williams Mastery Charter High School, the Deputy Chief of Schools at Mastery Charter Schools, and Assistant Superintendent of High Schools in Boston Massachusetts. He also worked in the New York City School system in a variety of positions including Assistant Principal, High School Principal, and Principal Coach. 

Ryan currently resides in Lower Merion with his wife and children. 

Thomas Scheid
Thomas Scheid
Leader in Residence

With over 29 years of experience in K-12 education, Thomas Scheid is a strong proponent of music education and equitable access to quality education for all students. He has extensive experience in all aspects of school operations and expansion projects, grant writing, capital projects, and relationship building with local businesses and institutions. 

  

After graduating from the University of Dayton, (Ohio), with a Bachelor of Music, Tom began teaching K-6 classroom music and 3-8 Band/Jazz Band/Orchestra in the Dayton Public Schools. He moved to San José, California where he revived a 6-12 music program, growing it from 15 students to over 200 in one year, adding classes in IB Music, choir, band, orchestra and Mariachi. While working on his Master’s Degree in the Urban High School Leadership Program at San José State University, Thomas was named Assistant Principal of Activities and later Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction and eventually Principal.  During this period, San José High School made significant gains in student achievement, school climate, and was removed from state control.

In 2010, after a family move to Philadelphia, he served as the CEO/Principal at La Academia Charter School (6-12) in Lancaster, PA. Under Tom’s leadership, the school saw an increase in student achievement, enrollment, and the fund balance. Tom led a successful recharter process and the facility was renovated. Thomas later accepted the CEO position at Independence Charter School (K-8), while completing his Superintendents’ coursework at Edinboro University. During his tenure, Independence implemented after school and summer school programs to support literacy and he oversaw a successful charter renewal. Tom led the process for the opening of Independence Charter School West.  Tom is a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Superintendents’ Academy, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and a member of the Middle States Association.

Thomas firmly believes that all students have the right to learn and can succeed. Thomas strives to ensure an educational environment that provides equitable support for all students. He lives in South Philly and enjoys history, genealogy, home improvement projects and music.

Debbie Smith
Debbie Smith
Director of Curriculum and Instruction for K-2
Ms. Debbie Smith is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for grades K-2 at APS.

Debbie began her career as a classroom teacher.  She taught in both private and public schools for 12 years.  After receiving her certification, Debbie then worked as a reading specialist for 8 years.  She then worked as a school administrator at First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School for four years until she joined the APS team.  During that time, Debbie also taught graduate level reading courses at Holy Family University from 2005-2012.

Debbie received her Bachelors of Arts  and Masters of Education from Holy Family University.  She is currently holds certifications in Instructional II Elementary K-6, Instructional II Special Education PK-12, Instructional II Reading Specialist PK-12, and Administrative I Principal PK-12.

Data & Technology

Christoffer  Alsen
Christoffer Alsen
Data Analyst

Christoffer joined the Office of Research and Information Systems at American Paradigm Schools in 2017 as an intern, and is now working with the team full time. He graduated magna cum laude from Franklin and Marshall College with a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics in the Spring of 2017.

Phil Friedenberg
Phil Friedenberg
Senior Education Data Analyst

Phil Friedenberg joined American Paradigm Schools in September 2017 as Senior Education Data Analyst. He graduated summa cum laude from Temple University's Fox School of Business with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance.

Prior to joining APS, Phil was the Senior Business Intelligence Analyst for The Results Companies in Blue Bell. Prior to that role, Phil co-founded and managed the financial operations for a nonprofit that facilitated social engagement for youth with developmental disabilities in hospitals and long-term care facilities. During college, he was a business operations intern for the finance department at Lockheed Martin Space Systems.  

 

Marc O'Connor
Marc O'Connor
Director of Technology

Marc O'Connor joined American Paradigm Schools in September 2017 as Director of IT. He has over 20 years of experience in information technology that began while he was at Temple University. He was working a job that required tech support in upstate New York, but none was accessible. As he says, he “ended up being the guy who fixed the problems,” and discovered that he enjoyed it. 

Marc went on to self-teach the fundamentals before getting his associate’s degree in web development from DPT Business School and certification as a fiber optic technician from Penn State University. His specialties include server architecture, Oracle, Linux/ Unix administration, server virtualization/ consolidation, network cabling/ design, application development, project management, VoIP, Kronos Workforce Central, Google's G Suite and Office 365. Marc comes to American Paradigm after more than 10 years in IT at Camden County Board of Social Services, where he lead a group of IT professionals in developing better applications, strategies and best practices for the user population. 

Human Resources

Brittney  Burgos
Brittney Burgos
Senior HR Generalist

My career with American Paradigm Schools started in the summer of 2016 as part of the human resources team.  I’ve specialized in recruiting for the last five years of my career, with the goal of getting into the education field.


In my free time I enjoy trying new restaurants, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family

Scott Kramer SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Scott Kramer SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief Talent Officer

Scott Kramer is a Senior Human Resources Executive with over 30 years of progressive experience in Line Management and Human Resources Leadership. He has demonstrated success in translating business strategies and designing and implementing value-based, multi-domain HR initiatives focused on performance, organizational development, workforce planning and cultural turnaround initiatives within corporate, health care, e-commerce, education and manufacturing environments.

Scott is a hands-on, results-oriented leader who leverages business metrics, employee performance and management accountability in maximizing business results. In his previous role as the Senior Director of Human Resources for CheapCaribbean.com, Scott played a major role in the acquisition by Apple Leisure Group and Bain Capital. Scott remained on the CheapCaribbean.com Executive Team post acquisition. Scott was also an adjunct professor of Management at Rowan University for over 8 years and has a published a book on 529 plans with Tate Publishing.

Prior to starting with American Paradigm Schools, Scott was the Vice-President and CHRO of Corporate Call Center prior to their acquisition by The Results Group. Most recently, Scott was appointed the Board of Director for PHILASOUP, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that offers micro grants to educators. 

Dania Rivera
Dania Rivera
Talent Coordinator

Dania Rivera joined American Paradigm Schools in 2015 as the Office Manager.  Ms. Rivera performs a variety of duties around the office that include maintaining office services by organizing operations and procedures, preparing payroll, controlling correspondence, reviewing and managing supply requisitions and monitoring clerical functions.

Dania started her career as an Administrative Professional in 2000, while working at John F. Kennedy Community Center. Prior to her current role, Dania served as the Administrative Assistant at the Health Promotion Council and as the Center Manager at CORA’s Early Years Preschool. In both roles, she oversaw the support operations of the organization, ensured that there were effective information/ communication flow, and that resources were employed efficiently throughout the business. In addition, Dania holds a part time job at the Philadelphia International Airport where she performs the duties of a Customer Service Agent.

In her free time, Dania enjoys dancing, listening to music, reading and taking road trips with her family.

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