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Theodore E. Boler

Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Lisa Knox-Brown

Chief Of Staff

ED.D in Teacher Leadership, Rutgers University, Graduate School of New Brunswick/Graduate School of Education

M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Supervision, Saint Peters' University

B.A. in English, Rutgers University

NJ Certificate for School Administrator
NJ Standard Certification – Principal
NJ Standard Certification for Supervisor
NJ Standard Teacher Certification for Elementary Education

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Dr. Lisa M. Knox-Brown is a former Part-Time Lecturer and Assistant Teaching Professor of Professional Practice for the Graduate School of Education's Department of Learning and Teaching. She has extensive K-12 experience, having served as a classroom teacher, Vice Principal, Principal, and professional learning facilitator. Before joining the GSE faculty, in 2016, Dr. Knox-Brown served in these various capacities for communities situated in Urban, rural and suburban communities across New Jersey, for over 20 years.

In her current role, as Chief Of Staff, Dr. Brown will support the CEO in promoting academic and teaching that is grounded in developing, supporting, and refining structures that empower, prepare, and inspire all educators to meet the diverse needs of the students they serve. She prioritizes students' access to rich, relevant, and culturally responsive education, particularly in contexts where they have been routinely underserved and marginalized by structures of inequity in the public education system.
Dr. Brown is married with four children and one grandson.

Anastasia Riley


M.Ed Cabrini College

B.S. in Education, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

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Anastasia Riley, a North Philadelphia native, has served as an educator since 2003 after earning her Bachelor of Science in Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. After earning her Master of Education from Cabrini College and completing the PhillyPLUS Transformational Leadership program, Anastasia transitioned into instructional leadership serving in Assistant Principal and Principal roles in Philadelphia. Anastasia is a Harvard trained equity-driven strategic instructional leader. Her mission is to ensure that all students have the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to ensure they are well prepared for college or their chosen career.

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Dr. Faye Lewis

Upper School Assistant Principal

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Rowan University 

M.Ed  - Educational Administration and Supervision, St. Peters University 

B.A. in English Literature, Rutgers University 

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Dr. Lewis was born in London, England and moved to New Jersey when she was thirteen years old. She graduated from Rutgers University, and shortly thereafter, began her teaching career in the public schools of New Orleans, LA, where she taught fifth and sixth grades. After five years, she relocated back to New Jersey where she taught grades three, four and seven, until she decided to venture into school administration. Over the years, she has served in the roles of instructional supervisor, assistant principal, principal, adjunct professor and educational consultant. 

In addition to her consulting work, Faye serves as an adjunct professor, teaching pre-service teachers in the Rutgers University Alternate Route teaching program. Her expertise lies in curriculum and instruction. 

Faye is the mother of two wonderful teenage daughters, and, as a trio, they love to travel the world! 

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Diana Abellard

Lower School Assistant Principal

M.Ed. in Special Education & General Education, Chestnut Hill College

B.A. in Liberal Arts, Temple University

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Diana Abellard was born and raised in Queens, New York. Her family immigrated to the United States from Port- Au- Prince, Haiti. As a first-generation American, education was the focal point of her childhood. Diana went on to pursue an undergraduate degree from Temple University where she fell in love with the city of Philadelphia. Her passion for education grew when she became a mother to three wonderful children. Diana earned a Master’s degree in Education from Chestnut Hill College and has served as an educator in the  Philadelphia community for 10 years. 

Diana is dedicated to developing excellence in children through quality education and overcoming obstacles that young people face today. 

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Kate Crossett

Director of Special Education

M.Ed. in Secondary Education, Chestnut Hill College

Principal Certification, RELAY Graduate School of Education  

B.A. in History of Art & Architecture and Studio Arts, University of Pittsburgh

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Mrs. Kate Crossett began teaching in 2007 in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, as a High School Special Education Math and Science teacher. During this time she earned her Masters in Education from Chestnut Hill College. After several years at MBA, Mrs. Crossett took a hiatus from teaching to explore her passion in Art as a graduate student in Florence, Italy. 

Ultimately though, Mrs. Crossett was drawn back to education and worked in Baltimore, Maryland for a period of time coaching teachers. Mrs. Crossett looked to return home to Philadelphia, and since then, she has worked as an Assistant Principal of Specialized Services and a Director of Student Supports for two other major charter networks in Philadelphia prior to landing at Northwood in July of 2020.

In her free time, Mrs. Crossett likes to spend time at the beach, enjoying live music, and traveling with her husband--Robert, son--Legend, and their dog, Dora.