As founding Dean of Relay Philadelphia & Camden, Shemanne Davis oversees all aspects of teacher preparation in the region. Davis previously trained graduate students as a member of the Relay Newark faculty. She began her career at Stephenson Middle School in DeKalb County Schools, where she was selected as a Special Education liaison. Davis then earned her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law and worked with the Georgia Legal Services Special Education Program. She was also an Education Pioneers fellow at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education and Dean of Students at Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School. Davis earned her B.A. in history and women's studies and her M.A.T. from Emory University.
Steeped in the history of our nation’s independence, Philadelphia is a city of strong traditions and new directions. Along with Camden, NJ, an historic industrial center undergoing a period of urban renewal, the region is a growing hub of biotechnology, medicine, and education — with a great love for cheesesteaks.
Campus Overview and Statistics
Average teacher starting salary: $57,427 (Philadelphia), $55,895 (Camden)
Resident starting salary: $35,000-40,000 (Philadelphia), $35,000-42,000 (Camden)
Learn more about the Relay Teaching Residency, a unique two-year pathway into teaching. Residents are employed by PK-12 school partners as “residents” or apprentices in year one, working in the classroom of an experienced teacher, and then become lead teachers in year two.
Belmont Charter School
KIPP Philadelphia Schools
Mastery Charter Schools
School District of Philadelphia
KIPP New Jersey
Mastery Charter Schools
Philadelphia & Camden
Social & Educational Landscape
Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love, is one of the birthplaces of American democracy. The city is famous for the world-changing events that occurred there — including the signing of the United States Constitution. Today, the city has the fourth largest economy in the United States and is home to a diverse population.
Relay works with both public district and charter schools in the city, including the School District of Philadelphia, KIPP, and Mastery.
Just a few miles away lies Camden, New Jersey, an area of increasing investment and opportunity. The home of the Campbell’s Soup headquarters was once an industrial center, and is finding new life in health and higher education. Today, medical facilities and educational institutions employ nearly half of the city’s population.
Relay works with KIPP New Jersey and UnCommon Schools in Camden.
+ City Fun
The Liberty Bell is one of the most iconic symbols of American independence. Plan a trip to experience all 2,080 pounds of metal up close. The Betsy Ross House is an historic attraction offering tours of the 1740 residence where the famous upholsterer lived.
For those seeking some outdoor inspiration, head to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens to view public murals and other works of art. Camden Adventure Aquarium is another fun spot providing exciting learning opportunities for all ages.
Sports fans should visit Citizens Bank Park to enjoy a Phillies baseball game, and then indulge in an authentic Philadelphia Cheesesteak at Geno's or Pat’s.
+ Getting Around
Many residents of Philadelphia do not have a car and rely on public transportation to get around. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates buses, subways, and a commuter rail that provide access to most areas of the city.
Though New Jersey Transit does provide routes around Camden, a car is likely needed for those living or teaching in Camden.
Philly district aims to hire 1,000 teachers, launches ad blitz, Philadelphia Inquirer
For third straight year, more Camden kids are graduating from high school. Philadelphia Inquirer