Mr. Ron Brady

Chief Executive Officer

Biography: Mr. Ron Brady is the newest member of the New Foundations Charter School  caring school community, serving as Chief Executive Officer as of July 2018. Mr. Brady has a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

He comes to NFCS as non-profit/education executive with 25+ years’ experience helping students from traditionally underserved populations in both public and charter school systems. Prior to his current role, Mr. Brady served as Executive Director with Democracy Prep Public Schools in Camden, New Jersey in addition to spending nearly a decade running Foundation Academies, a charter school organization he co-founded in 2005 that now educates more than one thousand K-12 students at its four campuses in Trenton, New Jersey. Mr. Brady’s impact in education reaches back to his years of service as assistant to the chancellor of the New York City Board of Education (1994-1995) and director of the Office of State Operated School Districts in the New Jersey Department of Education (1995-1999).

Mr. Charles Baltimore

High School Principal

Biography: For the last twenty-seven years, Charles Baltimore has served as an educator and advocate for youth, whether as a teacher, community organizer, basketball coach, yoga instructor, non-profit director, government liaison, or school administrator. While Charlie has spent the majority of his professional life working with Philadelphia-based community organizations and district, charter, and private schools, he has also traveled extensively around the world to volunteer, photograph, and raise awareness of issues related to the health, education, and poverty of people in countries such as Uganda and Haiti. Charlie received his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and his Principal Certification from Drexel University, and his Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies from Widener University.


Mrs. Netta Sumner 

High School Vice Principal 

In 2013, Mrs. Sumner joined the New Foundations teaching staff , teaching various 9th grade English courses. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Temple University. In addition, Mrs. Sumner earned a Master’s Degree in Technology Education from Drexel University. Lastly, she has a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from Holy Family University. Mrs. Sumner has over 21+ years of teaching experience in public and charter schools. She is extremely passionate about creating educational equity within the school setting.



Mrs. Shira Woolf-Cohen

K-8 Principal, K-12 Dean of School and Community Programs

Biography: Shira Woolf Cohen is an educator, community organizer, and leader. Over the past two decades, Shira has been involved in a wide variety of community and educational programs including K-12 and Higher Education. She is a former teacher, after school coordinator, Dean, and Vice Principal at New Foundations Charter School, and the founding camp director at Girard College. Currently, Shira is the K-8 Principal at NFCS, serving 1500 students in K-12. Her areas of focus within the school are service learning, college and career development, teacher observation and evaluation, curriculum and instruction, family engagement, interdisciplinary curriculum, and out of school time learning. She has served as adjunct faculty at Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, and Drexel University, and serves as a volunteer board and committee member for Urbanstead, the Multicultural Youth exchange, and the Spruce Foundation. In 2015, Shira received the G. Bernard Gill Urban Service Learning Leadership Award, presented by the National Youth Leadership Council and UPS. Most recently, Shira was selected by Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders to serve as part of their 3rd cohort of Neubauer Fellows In Educational Leadership, which is a two year term.


Ms. Janel Woodling

K-8 Vice Principal

Biography: Ms. Janel Woodling grew up in a rural town in North Central Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from  Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her concentration was Urban Education which led her to Philadelphia where she began her career as a teacher at John B. Stetson Middle School. She has ten years of teaching experience and teacher leadership in both the public and charter school venues, in grades six through twelve, and across various content areas. Janel earned her Master’s Degree in School Administration from Drexel University and began her administrative career with Mastery Charter Schools where she most recently served as Assistant Principal of School Culture for the last eight years.


Mr. Chris Laurence

Director of Special Education Services

Biography: Mr. Laurence has been employed at New Foundations since its inception in 2000.  He was a special ed. teacher from 2000 – 2010.  In 2010, he transitioned into the Special Education Coordinator role.  He currently has a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Lock Haven University of PA, a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Holy Family University, and a Principal’s Certification from Cabrini College.


Mr. Joseph Spera

Athletic Director

Biography: Mr. Spera began teaching at New Foundations in 2001. Through the years, he has taught First Grade, 6th-8th Grade Math and Science, and various Math courses in High School.  He serves as the Middle School and High School Athletic Director. He currently has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Towson University, a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College, and will complete his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Holy Family University, Fall 2017.



Ms. Tiffany Searles 

Director of Programs K-12

Biography: Tiffany Searles is the Director of Programs at New Foundations Charter School. In this role she coordinates all K-12 extracurricular programs, including after school, before school and summer programming. She also works with students and teachers to facilitate service-learning experiences in the school and community. Tiffany received her B.A. in Sociology/Social Psychology from Lehigh University and is currently enrolled at Temple University pursuing a Masters Degree in Urban Education.  She served with City Year Philadelphia, an AmeriCorps Program that works with students in underperforming schools in Philadelphia, for 2 years before joining the staff of New Foundations. She is still involved in the Alumni Board of City Year, is the Secretary for the Spruce Foundation and is a regular event volunteer at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens on South Street.

Mrs. Kaitlin Lamanna

Dean of Students/Climate and Culture

Kaitlin Lamanna has been teaching at New Foundations Charter School since 2012. Mrs. Lamanna has taught both US History I and US History II as well as Psychology and Sociology and AP United States History. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, from Temple University. Mrs. Lamanna  is expanding her involvement within New Foundations as the high school’s Dean of Students and supporting the school-wide/K-12 community as it relates to climate and culture management.