Chief School Administrator
Alvaro Cores, brings 24 years of experience in education to Principle Academy Charter. He holds a BA from Cornell University and earned an MA from St. Peter’s University. During his 24 year tenure in the school system, he taught high school Social Studies, English, and served as a bilingual teacher. In addition to his classroom experience, he has 16 years of administration experience in various K-12 positions, to include curriculum supervisor, assistant principal and principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Mr. Cores enjoys baseball and is a former player and coach. He believes firmly in teaching students to adopt a growth mindset and be receptive to coaching and continuous improvement.
Dr. Georgette Meister, Ed.D., MT-BC
Assistant Director Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Georgette Meister brings 22 years of experience in education to Principle Academy Charter. She holds a B.Mus. from Immaculata College in Music, a M.A. from Immaculata College in Music Therapy, and an Ed.D. from Immaculata University in Educational Leadership. She holds certificates in both PA and NJ for Music, Middle Level English, Supervisor, and Principal and a national certificate in Music Therapy.
During her 22 years in education, Dr. Meister has worked with early intervention, pre-school, elementary school and middle school student populations. She has held positions of Teacher, Supervisor, Assistant Principal, Principal, and currently holds the Assistant Director / Curriculum and Instruction position at PAC. Dr. Meister is a former college volleyball athlete and currently coaches elementary basketball and soccer for the township rec league. She enjoys music, reading and participating in new experiences as a part of her mindset that learning is constant and essential for growth and positive change.
Dean of Community Engagement/Registrar
Cydneé Phoenix, an Atlantic City native, serves as Dean of Community Engagement. She brings over 20 years of community relations, strategic recruitment, diversity & inclusion, relationship management, workforce & business development, and compliance to Principle Academy Charter (PAC). Prior to joining PAC, Ms. Phoenix served in the nonprofit, private and government sectors. She has devoted her personal life and professional career to helping young people find their passion and follow their dreams.
Ms. Phoenix attended Howard University and Stockton University, earning a BA in Marketing. She is an active member in the Atlantic City Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and works with several local community organizations. Her philosophy on education comes from a quote from the late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Technology Team Leader
James Dionne Jr, the Technology Team Leader, brings 35 years of Information Technology and teaching experience to Principle Academy Charter School. He has a BS in Computer Science
from Rider University and has teaching certificates in Elementary Education and Middle School Math. Immediately prior to joining PAC, Mr. Dionne taught Computer Technology for the
West Windsor-Plainsboro schools and also served in a dual role as the Computer Technology Teacher/IT Manager for a charter school in Trenton. His 25 plus years of IT experience include jobs in both government and private business. Mr. Dionne likes to bowl, play softball and golf and is a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, has worked with the Life/Teen organization at his church and is also a CPR instructor. Mr. Dionne believes that successful teachers will take an interest in their student’s lives and activities both in and out of school.
Benita Kluttz-Drye MSA, M.Ed., MSW,
Dean of Special Education
Mrs. KD, as she is affectionately called by her students, is the Dean of Special Education at Principle Academy Charter. She brings over 25 years of experience in various arenas within education. Mrs. KD has a Masters in School Administration from North Carolina A&T State University, a Masters in Special Education from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Masters in School Social Work from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She currently attends Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ where she is pursuing a Doctorate in Special Education. Her focus is in urban education and inclusive practices. She is an adjunct Professor with Rowan University in both the Elementary Education and Special Education program. With Rowan, Mrs. KD served as a Clinical Practice Supervisor for preservice teachers in Elementary Education and for Teachers of Students with Disabilities (TOSD). She has written curriculum for Rowan University in Differentiated Instruction, has published several articles, and written several book chapters about how to effectively educate African American students identified with disabilities. She is a national and international presenter on best practices in Special Education. Ms. KD has worked as a General Education and Special Education Teacher in K-8 classes as both a resource and inclusion teacher. She has also worked as a School Social Worker. Prior to coming to New Jersey, she was a Special Education Program Administrator for Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, NC where she was over the special education program for nine schools in the district. She has the following certifications: School Administration, Highly Qualified in Special Education (All core Content areas: Math, Reading, Science, & Social Studies), Highly Qualified in Middle School Math, Licensed School Social Worker, Certified Family Specialist and Parent Trainer, and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Coach. Ms. KD is an advocate for students and families and believes that all students DESERVE an education tailored to their specific needs. In her spare time, Ms. KD enjoys spending time with family, supporting Delta Sigma Theta, reading, and traveling.