Cheltenham Democratic School Board Candidates

Meet the Candidates


Charles Burdell-Williams

  • Township resident for 6 years
  • Parent of two CSD scholars
  • B.S., Biology, Howard University
  • Operations Manager, Merck & Co.
  • Director of Outreach, Cheltenham African American Alliance
  • Board member of Cheltenham Little League

Charles Burdell-Williams has resided in Wyncote for the last six years with his wife Quenisha and two children, one a 7th grader at Cedarbrook, and one a 3rd grader at Glenside. Having moved to Cheltenham for its rich diversity and outstanding school district, he has taken an active role in volunteering with various Cheltenham parent groups to lead efforts to advocate for better educational outcomes and increased STEM experiences for all. He has served on the board of the Cheltenham African American Alliance since 2015, where he served one term as vice president and is currently the Director of Outreach. In 2017, he led the introduction of the annual Dad’s Read Across Cheltenham program, an initiative to celebrate Read Across America Day with dad’s reading in every K-4 CSD classroom. A pharmaceutical manufacturing operations manager professionally, Charles is an experienced leader who understands how to be successful in group settings, how to manage budgeting and fiscal financial performance, and is solutions oriented. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Howard University.


David L. Cohen

  • Township resident for 21 years
  • 2 CHS graduates; daughter in 10th grade at CHS
  • B.S. Communications, Emerson College
  • Masters Urban Planning, University of Illinois
  • M.B.A. Saint Joseph’s University
  • Board Member, Montgomery County Planning Commission

David L. Cohen lives in Elkins Park with his wife and daughter. He is a certified urban planner who is in his first term as a School Board director. Professionally he works as a manager focusing on analysis and development for a non-profit economic development organization. As a School Board director, David has focused on long-term planning. David serves as co-chair of the Facilities Committee, and as chair of the liaison group with the Township. He is also in his second term as a Board member of the Montgomery County Planning Commission, and is a member of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Future Group. David previously served as chair of the Cheltenham Township Economic Development Task Force and of the committee that drafted the Township’s zoning code. David has also served on the boards of the Cheltenham Township Community Development Corporation and Friends of High School Park, and as the Director of Communications for the Cheltenham Little League.


Joel Fishbein

  • 18-year resident, 3 CHS graduates
  • 20 years of experience working with school age youth and families
  • President, Cheltenham Achievers Network (CAN)
  • MHS, Lincoln University

Joel I. Fishbein lives in Elkins Park with his wife, Rachel. He is the proud parent of Danny, Adam and Emma. Danny is a CHS graduate and a recent graduate of Syracuse University. Emma is in 11th grade at CHS. Adam has Tourette Syndrome, the manifestations of which required special services not then available in Cheltenham School District and he was educated outside of the district from 4th to 12th grade. He is graduating this year from American University. Through his experiences advocating for Adam, Joel learned the challenges for students with special needs and their parents, giving him a unique perspective on the Board. Joel is currently finishing his first term on the Baord and his second year as the Board’s Vice President. As School Board Vice President, he has been instrumental in the creation of the Communications Committee, established this year. He served as co-chair of the committee in its first year. He has also served as co-chair of the Policy Committee and his is currently co-chair of the Financial Affairs Committee. He has been a board representative to the negotiation of the Business Employee Council and Cheltenham Education Association contracts. He works to form collaborative relationships among the board and the administration, and he serves as a mentor to newly elected board members. His passion and judgment are essential qualities for board service. Joel’s litigation practice includes contract and employment issues and his expertise in these areas has contributed to Board discussions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Penn State University and a law degree from Temple University School of Law.


Julie Haywood

  • Township resident of 22 years, Parent of 3 CHS graduates
  • B.A., Economics, UMASS-Amherst
  • J.D., UCLA School of Law
  • Health care attorney
  • President of Cheltenham School Board
  • Co-chair, Policy Committee; MCIU Legislative Board Representative

Julie Haywood lives in Wyncote with her husband, Art and is the proud parent of 3 CHS graduates. Since moving into the district 22 years ago, she has been committed to strengthening our schools for all students. Before her election to the Board in 2011, she served in leadership roles in the Cheltenham School District Foundation, Wyncote PTO, United Parent’s Group, Cheltenham African American Alliance and Cheltenham High School PTO. Julie is currently in her second term and her second year as the President of the Cheltenham School Board. As School Board President, she has brought organizational leadership and improved overall governance. She has served as co-chair of the Educational Affairs Committee, Liaison Committee and is currently co-chair of the Policy Committee leading adoption and refinement of over 75 policies aligned with our Strategic Plan. As Board representative to the Montgomery County Legislative Committee Julie keeps the School Board and community apprised of key state and federal legislative developments impacting our schools and an advocate for education in Harrisburg. Her experience, commitment and leadership make her uniquely qualified. Julie also teaches civics at an area high school and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a law degree from UCLA School of Law.


Tyrone M. Scott, II

  • Lifelong township resident
  • B.S. Marketing, Millersville University
  • M.B.A., St. Joseph’s University
  • Education Activist
  • Democratic Committee Person

Tyrone M. Scott, II lives in Cheltenham with his wife and they are expecting their first child in May. He is a lifelong advocate for children and families, starting his professional career as a SCOH (Services to Children in their Own Homes) Case Manager, helping families deal with social issues from truancy to sexual abuse. He is one of the area’s most respected education administration consultants and trainers holding a Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System certification from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning. He currently works as an education advocate for a regional nonprofit, specializing in preschool and elemetary education. His knowledge of child development, business management and education policy have made him a trusted resource to elected officials as they contemplate state wide education policies and funding. He holds a M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University and is a frequent guest speaker at Temple University.