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Sharif El-Mekki

Sharif El-Mekki is principal of Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker Campus, in Philadelphia, PA.  He is responsible for ensuring MCSC meets its yearly Mission Metrics which include student retention, community engagement, standardized test scores and growth, and hiring practices. Served as the turnaround principal for a school that began with grades 7-8 and evolved into a school with grades 7-12; 100% of the past seven senior classes have been accepted into college with over 60 million dollars in scholarships; college graduation rates 3-5 times peer averages


He is the Founder/Co-Chair of The Fellowship-Black Male Educators for Social Justice, where he supports current and aspiring Black male educators, providing professional development and consulting to diverse educators, as well as districts that are looking to improve their recruitment and retention of diverse educators.


Principal El-Mekki serves on the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males where he makes recommendations intended to foster opportunities for African-American males in Philadelphia to strive toward safety and well-being in their communities, gain sufficient preparation for available opportunities and cultivate access pathways to future opportunities.  Recommendations include developing partnerships with local colleges and universities to increase access to education, cultivating a Black Male-developed technology community, and promoting healing and wellness in communities that consider the impact of intergenerational trauma.


He is a graduate of Cheyney University, earning a Master of Science in Education and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) earning a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice.

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