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