Linda Cliatt-Wayman is a passionate educator with an unwavering belief in the potential of all children. Her leadership as a high school principal in North Philadelphia has been featured by TED, ABC World News Tonight, and Nightline. Cliatt-Wayman grew up in poverty in North Philadelphia, where she experienced firsthand the injustice being perpetrated against poor students in their education. She has dedicated her career and her life to ending that injustice and helping students succeed in school and beyond. Cliatt-Wayman earned her BA from Kutztown University and her MA from St. Joseph’s University. She spent 20 years as a special education teacher before becoming principal of FitzSimons High School in 2003. Cliatt-Wayman led a turnaround of FitzSimons from a school known for low levels of academic achievement and high levels of violence to a safe space focused on learning.
Wayman regularly keynotes events ranging from education to business leadership. Her speaking engagements include the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, the Massachusetts Conference for Women, the Raytheon Leadership Conference, the Cancer Treatment Center for America Luncheon, the Exelon Women Luncheon, the Dallas Bar Association, the Baldwin School, the Guirian Institute, the Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools, the New Teacher Center, and the Society of Professional Women to name a few.
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