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Richard Mitchell Gordon IV

Richard Gordon

Title: Principal
Company: Paul Robeson High School for Human Services
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Richard Gordon IV, Principal at Paul Robeson High School for Human Services, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education administration.

Since 2013, Mr. Gordon has provided superior service as the principal of the Paul Robeson High School for Social Services. Scheduled to close before his arrival, the aforementioned school has since been recognized as the 2017 Most Improved High School largely due to his implementation of a model program for college and career readiness that has seen the school improve to a 95% annual graduation rate. The Paul Robeson High School for Social Services has also reduced its 11th Grade mathematics and science Keystone “Below Basic” scores to less than 20% (from 90%) and its literature Keystone “Below Basic” levels reduced to under 10%. In 2018 and 2019, Paul Robeson High School was presented with the Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Award for increased FAFSA Completion (86%) and Student College Matriculation (55%).

After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in social studies education from Lincoln University in 1994, Mr. Gordon continued his academic efforts with Master of Science in special education from Coppin State College and a Master of Science in educational leadership from Lehigh University in 2006. Currently, he is studying for a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from Northcentral University. Mr. Roberts served as an assistant principal in the School District of Philadelphia from 2004 to 2011 and the principal of The Promise Academy at Roberts Vaux High School from 2011 to 2013.

Mr. Gordon’s many honors include three National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) National Principal of the Year Awards, the National School Administrator of the Year Award from Education Dive Magazine, the “MADE MAN” Foundation’s Distinguished Leader & Advocate for Change Award, the National Principal of the Year Award from the National Alliance for Black School Educators and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Change Community Education Award from the University of Pennsylvania. He became involved in his profession because he was an average student back in high school, but was greatly inspired by Richard J. Sia at Pennsauken High School, a social studies teacher from his senior year. Throughout his career, Mr. Gordon’s most notable achievement has been helping kids to realize their own potential and believe in themselves.

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