About Stanton Community Partners

Stanton Community Partners was organized in 2013 to provide independent financial support to the E.M. Stanton Public School and to mobilize broad community support for the school and for public education in the school’s South Philadelphia neighborhood.  The organization works closely with Stanton’s School Advisory Council to identify activities that enrich Stanton’s programs and promote Stanton within the community.

Stanton Community Partners meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Meetings are open to all interested parties, and are held at the SOSNA office at 1900 Christian Street.  For more information, please contact us!

The board of Stanton Community Partners is comprised of current parents and community members, and includes representation from the Stanton’s School Advisory Council.

SCP Board Members celebrate the opening of the Stanton schoolyard.

Stanton Community Partners Board Members


Nicole Klein, President

Nicole moved to the Graduate Hospital neighborhood in 2009 with her husband, Todd, from DC.  Nicole became involved in SCP in 2015.  Nicole’s background as a Social Worker in the Philadelphia schools and as a Realtor drives her desire to be a part of the community and support public schools.  Her family plans to send their daughters to Stanton for Kindergarten in 2020 & 2022!

Lauren DellaCava, Vice President of Stanton Community Partners and Founding Member

Lauren first became involved in Philadelphia Public Schools in her work as a Clinical Social Worker in school-based behavioral health programs.  After moving to Graduate Hospital in 2009, and later starting a family, Lauren was able to blend personal and professional interests by becoming involved with E.M. Stanton School. A founding member of Stanton Community Partners, Lauren has seen the historically strong community grow, the school become even more vibrant inside and out, and the narrative in the city shift towards a mandate for high quality public education for all children.  Her hope is to help bring neighbors, parents, teachers, and community members together as equal partners in increasing the opportunities available to Stanton students and children across Philadelphia. Lauren lives a block from the school with her husband Paul and her two daughters.

Florence Mickens, Board Member
Florence grew up in South Philadelphia attending neighborhood schools for K – 8 grades.  She is an alumna of both Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.  Florence has interests in public policy and education.  That, and the desire to help her local school, inspired her to get involved in the effort to support Stanton.  Florence joined the SCP team just as it was forming to work on funding the new school yard and other Stanton priorities. Today her nephew is a proud Stanton student. Florence works as an analyst for a non-profit.  She has experience in policy development, community engagement and community program management.


Jill Scott, Founding Member
Jill  is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who currently works as a NICU social worker at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She and her wife Liz have two children, one of whom is currently still a student at Stanton, and have resided in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia since 2005. Jill is an urban public education advocate and founding member of Stanton Community Partners. Her interest in helping to start SCP developed from her realization that neighborhood public schools, particularly those serving students of color, are under-resourced and require community investment and support in order to thrive. Her desire is two-fold: to assist with raising funds to support the staff, students, and enrichment programming at Stanton, as well as promote the value of urban public education in Philadelphia and in cities throughout the country.


Rachel Utain-Evans, Board Member
Rachel is a life-long Philly girl, proud graduate of Philly public schools, and small business owner. Mom to three current/future Stanton students, and raising her family in the same Graduate Hospital house that she grew up in, Rachel has seen the neighborhood grow and change. She passionately believes in supporting public education, and that every child deserves a strong, diverse, welcoming school and the enthusiastic support of their community.


Dan Vogel, Treasurer

Dan is a strategic business and marketing professional that splits his time between Grateful Plate Meal Delivery and Consulting. In addition to volunteering as the Treasurer for SCP, he is also the VP of Data and Analytics for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Marketing Association and is a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Dan and his family moved to Graduate Hospital in 2009 and never wants to leave. To help realize that dream, Stanton plays a big part and thus, he joined SCP in 2016. Through SCP, Dan wants to help Stanton achieve all that it can.


James Wright, Founding Member

James is a founding member of Stanton Community Partners. He has been involved with Stanton School since 2009 when his daughter began her educational journey there. Since then, James has participated on multiple groups including Supporters of Stanton, the School Advisory Council, and Stanton Community Partners. His goal is to highlight the amazing programming that Stanton offers so more families can benefit. James is the director of community, economic, and real estate development at People’s Emergency Center (PEC), a comprehensive social services nonprofit located in West Philadelphia.


Temwa Wright, Chair of Stanton’s School Advisory Council (SAC) and Founding Member
Temwa serves as the Chair of Stanton’s School Advisory Council (SAC), a peer-elected leadership group composed of parents, staff, students, and community partners working together to improve academic achievement, school climate, and family engagement at Stanton. Temwa has been a member of Stanton’s SAC since it started in 2013 and has been chair since 2016. Under her leadership, Stanton’s SAC has been recognized as one of the best SAC’s in the Philadelphia School District. Prior to her involvement with the SAC, Temwa was the spokesperson for Supporters of Stanton, a group that led a nine-month community movement to save Stanton School from closure. Temwa is very passionate about public education in Philadelphia. She has three children and all of them attended Stanton. Her goal is to help Stanton become a model school for effective family, partnership, and community engagement. In her professional career, Temwa is the Executive Director of Pamoza International, a non-profit Christian organization working to improve the lives of people in rural Malawi, Africa.

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