• Assistant Superintendent for K-12 Education

    David Christopher

    Mr. David Christopher

    Contact Information

    Mr. David Christopher
    Assistant Superintendent for K-12 Education
    Email: dchristopher@northallegheny.org

    Kathy Ward
    Administrative Assistant
    Phone: (412) 369-5896
    Fax: (412) 369-5895
    Email: kward@northallegheny.org


    Mr. Christopher began his teaching career in 1996 as a teacher in the Huntingdon Area School District. In 2008, he became an elementary principal in the Juniata Valley School District. In the next year, he was promoted to senior high principal and K-12 director of curriculum of the Juniata Valley School District. In 2011, he was appointed to acting superintendent while continuing to maintain his role as the senior high principal. Mr. Christopher was appointed as the superintendent of schools for the Juniata Valley School District in 2012.

    As superintendent, Mr. Christopher has successfully facilitated the creation of a shared District vision for achieving high student performance using professional development, strategic planning, curriculum development and budgeting.

    Mr. Christopher’s accomplishments also include being selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a workgroup member for Data, Educator Evaluation, and the ESSA authorization plan. He has successfully upgraded his current District’s technology infrastructure to support moving to a 1:1 technology program and has served on various county-wide executive boards. In addition, Mr. Christopher served as a member of the District’s negotiating team for collective bargaining agreements and found creative ways to positively impact the District budget.

    Mr. Christopher graduated from Juniata College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. He completed coursework in Instructional Systems from Penn State University and has a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy from Shippensburg University. Mr. Christopher is currently completing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Public Policy from Shippensburg University, where he also obtained his Principal’s Certificate and Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility.

    Assistant Superintendent Goals

    Annual goals of the North Allegheny School District Assistant Superintendent:

    Student Growth and Achievement
    Assistant Superintendent assists the Superintendent in the use of multiple data sources to asses student success and growth as appropriate, specific to needs within the District and as determined annually in collaboration with the Superintendent and Board of School Directors. Assistant Superintendent shall assist in achieving annual or other district performance objectives under the direction of the Superintendent relative to achievement and growth on PDE-required assessments and other locally determined measures.

    Organizational Leadership
    Assistant Superintendent works collaboratively with the Superintendent and the Board to develop a vision for the District, displays an ability to identify and rectify problems affecting the District, works collaboratively with District administration to ensure best practices for instruction, supervision, curriculum development, and management are being utilized, and works with the Superintendent and Staff to influence the climate and culture of the District.

    District Operations and Financial Management
    Assists the Superintendent in the effective management and completion of activities associated with the annual budget, overseeing distribution of resources in support of District priorities and directing overall operational activities within the District.

    Communication and Community Relations
    Assistant Superintendent communicates with and effectively engages the staff, the Superintendent, the Board, and members of the community, clearly articulating District goals and priorities, addressing local and broader issues affecting the District, and building support for District initiatives, programs, and short/long-range plans at the K-12 level.

    Assistant Superintendent models professional decision-making processes and ethical standards consistent with the values of Pennsylvania's public education system as well as that of the North Allegheny School community.