The School District of Philadelphia’s Education Center hosted its annual Superintendent’s Award Ceremony for Outstanding Service last night, honoring, among others, Let’s Get Ready Site Director and Temple University student Emily Jordan. Emily, who has caught the education bug, has been working with students as young as first graders during her time at Temple. She excelled as a Let’s Get Ready Coach, helping high school juniors and seniors from low-income backgrounds prepare for the SAT and apply to college. As a Site Director, she has overseen 150 volunteer Coaches as they have mentored over 400 Philadelphia high school students. She has also overseen fundraising efforts, a website development team, and the recruitment of Coaches

Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite, Jr. delivered some remarks and presented the honorees with their awards.

“One of the most important things I’ve learned during my time working with Philadelphia students has been the importance of mentorship,” said Emily, addressing the crowd. “Forming meaningful relationships with students has become my priority, which in turn helps successful teaching. Investing in students, building connections, and always being there for them reminds them that they are valued and their success is important.”

Let’s Get Ready offers many congratulations to Emily for her incredible work, and thanks the School District of Philadelphia as well as the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development for recognizing exceptional volunteers.