Mayor Michael Nutter today appointed another member to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission following the resignations of former chair Robert Archie and member John Irizarry.
Lorene Cary is a novelist, education and founder of the community organization Art Sanctuary.
“Lorene Cary is a nationally recognized writer, she has a tremendous education background, but for me what is truly outstanding is that she has an incredible passion for the well-being of children,” Nutter said.
“She cares very personally about parents and she’s very much focused on supporting teachers. She will be a tremendous asset to the School Reform Commission and the children of Philadelphia.”
Cary was born and raised in Philadelphia and is the daughter of two public school teachers. She’s a 2002 winner of the Philadelphia Award and her novel, The Price of a Child, was the inaugural One Book One Philadelphia selection in 2003.