Chris Lehmann
Founding Principal


  • Technology and learning

Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school, and assistant superintendent of innovation for the School District of Philadelphia. He is also co-founder, superintendent and chair of the board of the nonprofit Inquiry Schools. Lehmann has received multiple awards, including the 2014 McGraw Prize in Education and the Lindback Award for Excellence in Principal Leadership in the School District of Philadelphia in 2012. Recognitions include being named the 2013 Outstanding Leader of the Year by the International Society of Technology in Education; one of Dell’s #Inspire100 in 2012; a Champion of Change for his work in education reform by the White House in 2011; and one of the 30 Most Influential People in education technology by Tech & Learning magazine in 2010. Lehmann received his bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Lehmann is co-editor of “What School Leaders Need to Know about Digital Technologies and Social Media,” and the author of the blog Practical Theory.