Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Murray
Dr. Jennifer Murray has been selected as the new Superintendent of Schools for the Reading School District. The Reading School District Board of Directors made the appointment official at the board meeting on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.
Dr. Murray has been serving as the Interim Superintendent for the Reading School District since October of this year. Previously, she served as Assistant Superintendent for the Reading School District from August 2016 through October 2021.
Dr. Murray’s career at Reading School District began in 1998 as a classroom teacher. In 2003, she became a reading coach before moving into administrative roles as an Instructional Supervisor at Northwest Area Elementary from 2003 to 2006, Principal for the Gateway School for the Performing Arts from June 2006 to January 2011, Director of Literacy from January 2011 to July 2012, and Principal at Millmont Elementary from July 2012 to August 2016.
“Ever since I joined the district as an elementary school teacher 23 years ago,” Murray said. “I have had the good fortune to work with hundreds of dedicated educators and support staff members — who always put children first. We have been through a lot, and never has that been more true than the last 18 months, as we have worked to connect with our students and families, and each other, during a worldwide pandemic.”
Dr. Murray said she is excited to draw on her experience, knowledge and skill set to lead the Reading School District. She looks forward to serving the students, staff, and community as a meaningful, visionary, action-oriented, and growth-minded Superintendent of Schools, advancing the mission and vision of the district.
Reading School Board President Robin Costenbader-Jacobson expressed strong confidence in Murray’s ability to lead the district and ensure continued learning and growth among students, teachers and staff.
“Since October, Dr. Murray has met with great success as the Interim Superintendent. She is a dedicated leader, having served more than 20 years in the Reading School District,” Costenbader-Jacobson said. “Dr. Murray has demonstrated her commitment to the students, staff, and community of Reading, and we are confident her proven leadership and experience within the district will ensure a successful transition forward.”
West Chester University
Gwynedd Mercy College
About Dr. Jennifer Murray
Grew up in:
Married for 25 years and has 3 children: Sarah, 24, flies the E2 Hawkeye for the Navy; Ellie, 22, a chemist for a large cosmetic company; and Rocco, 18, a freshman at Drexel, studying computer science
Teacher who inspired me:
Ms Garafolo, who used humor in her classes and built relationships that went beyond the classroom. She was one of those teachers you always went back to see years later.
You might not know this about me:
I love to do home improvements by myself. Tile, drywall, redo bathrooms -- I love all of it. (Thanks, YouTube!)
What I’m currently reading:
Language at the Speed of Sight by Mark Seidenberg
My first job:
At 14 years, I began working at an old ice cream shop, dishing soft-serve ice cream. I can still make the biggest cone!
My favorite subject in school:
I have a plan…. I have an idea!
The emoji I use the most:
🤣 x 😂
On my bucket list:
Learn to speak fluent Italian
Skill I would love to learn:
Anything! I love learning about anything, from how to do something to how something works.
Time period I would visit in history:
The 1950s because I love the cars.
If I had 25 hours in a day, I would spend the extra hour:
Spending time with my family
Things that make me #RSDproud:
Each and every person who is passionate about helping our kids succeed. Go Red Knights!
Dr. Jennifer Murray