• Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education/Deputy Superintendent

    David Christopher

    David Christopher, Ed.D.

    Contact Information

    David Christopher, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education/Deputy Superintendent
    Email: dchristopher@northallegheny.org

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


    Dr. 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. Dr. Christopher was appointed as the superintendent of schools for the Juniata Valley School District in 2012.

    Dr. Christopher's accomplishments include being selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a workgroup member for Data, Educator Evaluation, and the ESSA authorization plan. In addition, Dr. Christopher served on the Act 1 Steering Committee at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which made recommended changes to the Keystone Exam graduation requirement to the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Many of these recommendations were put into SB 1095 of 2018, which substantially changed Keystone Exam requirements for graduation in Pennsylvania. Dr. Christopher currently serves on the Pennsylvania Association for School Administrators Technology Advisory Committee and Resolutions Committee.

    Dr. 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. Dr. Christopher received his Educational Doctorate from the Millersville University/Shippensburg University Joint Ed.D. program in 2018.

    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.