ActinG School Director
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.
Dean of Instruction
Carol Spina serves as Dean of Instruction. Ms. Spina brings a vast amount of experience as an elementary school vice principal and teacher. Ms. Spina attended the University of the Arts, obtaining a Bachelor of Dance degree. An education advocate, she earned several post-graduate degrees, Master of Arts Administration, Master of Business Administration and Master of Instruction, from Drexel University.
Ms. Spina believes the foundation for real life is laid down through education. She believes education prepares students for their lifelong journey of learning, whether in school or in their day-to-day lives. She sees education as the driving force that moves youth toward becoming successful intellectual adults. Education is vital to our society. It empowers individuals and allows them to be constructive, productive, and positive contributors in the world. Ms. Spina joined Principle Academy Charter in 2018.
Greg Freelon, is an educator with national and international credits in teaching, theatre, television/video, film, music and large-scale multi-media event staging. His credentials have been earned through over thirty years of professional experience in these fields. Mr. Freelon helped develop the model for Conflict Resolution Through Drama as a faculty member of New York University’s Creative Arts Team. He went on to pioneer best practices models in Youth Leadership Development, creating and facilitating interactive workshops delivered to youth groups and community organizations across the country.
Mr. Freelon has taught from Kindergarten to 8th grade within the NYC Department of Education, most recently at Global Community Charter School in Harlem, NY. In addition to his career as a teacher, Mr. Freelon is also founder and President of Windy Crest Media, an educational video production company. Mr. Freelon joined the Principle Academy Charter School in 2018.
Dean of Community Engagement
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”.