Reading School District names two new Assistant Superintendents

At Thursday’s Reading School District School Board meeting, the Board accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Murray for the appointment Wanda Gonzalez-Crespo as the Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement and JuliAnne Kline as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.

Wanda Gonzalez-Crespo, Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement

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Wanda Gonzalez-Crespo has been serving as Interim Assistant Superintendent since last fall. This year, she will become Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement.

“Mrs. Gonzalez-Crespo is a respected and trusted colleague and leader in our district and our community,” Dr. Murray stated. “She has high expectations for excellence and equity in education. She sees the promise and potential of every child in our community and of every educator in our district. Her positive leadership style inspires others, and she will be instrumental in developing new strategies and teams to meet the demands of an ever-changing world.”

In her new role, Gonzalez-Crespo will oversee all aspects of federally required aspects of public education, including Title I, as well as elements of the curriculum, instructional programming, and professional development.

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“I look forward to engaging with teams to learn how we can significantly improve the quality of the instructional programming that RSD offers. I’m confident that we can positively impact our overall student achievement,” she said. “It’s important to me. As somebody born and raised in the City of Reading, I know the district has the power to significantly influence the community in a positive way.”

A graduate of Reading High School, Gonzalez-Crespo went on to earn her B.A. in Spanish and Elementary Education from Albright College, M.A. in Education with Specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language from Penn State University/University of Turabo, Principal Certification from Alvernia University, and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania.

Gonzalez-Crespo‘s career with RSD began in 1998 as an ESL teacher. In 2008, she moved into administrative roles as ESL Supervisor of the ESL Program from 2008-2013. She served as the principal of 10th and Green Elementary from August 2013 through February 2015. From 2015- 2022, she served as the Director of ESL before most recently serving as the Interim Assistant Superintendent.

JuliAnne Kline, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

JuliAnne Kline has been hired as RSD’s new Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. Most recently, she served as the Director of Instructional Services and Professional Development.

“Ms. Kline is a dedicated educator who has touched the lives of thousands of children in our community,” said Dr. Murray. “We value her passion for seeing each and every student reach for their potential, and we’re proud to elevate her to Assistant Superintendent to support even more students and staff in her new role.”

In her new role, Kline will work closely with the Special Education and Social Services departments, as well as the Reading Virtual Academy and the elementary principals.

“I look forward to having a greater impact on the students and staff of RSD, people I have called my work family for 28 years,” she said. “I am excited to work closely with different departments than I have in the past, all focused on the best interest of our students.”

Kline joined the RSD community in 1994 as an elementary teacher at Amanda Stout and 12th and Marion Elementary Schools from 1994-2001. JuliAnne moved into administrative roles in 2001, first as the Director of K-12 Instruction from 2001-2005, then as the Director of Secondary Education from 2005-2008.

From 2008-2016, she served as the Principal of Tyson-Schoener and Riverside Elementary Schools. Since 2016, JuliAnne has served as the Director of Instructional Services and Professional Development.

Kline earned her B.S. in Elementary Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership, and Principal Certification from Penn State University, and her Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania.

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