Dr. Yamil Sanchez Rivera Appointed Assistant Superintendent of Operations
READING, PA: Dr. Yamil Sanchez Rivera, an educator with over 27 years of experience, has been appointed as the Assistant Superintendent of Operations at Reading School District. He most recently served as the District’s Chief Administrative Officer. The Reading School District Board of Directors made the appointment official at the regular board meeting on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
“We are pleased to have Yamil in this role to advance our strategic plan and operational goals,” said Jennifer Murray, Superintendent of Reading School District. “He is a champion for Reading students, families, staff, and the entire Reading community. We are grateful for his proven leadership in developing, maintaining and sustaining programs that support Reading students and staff.
Dr. Sanchez Rivera holds a Bachelor of Science from Villanova University, a Masters of Education from Kutztown University, a Doctor of Education and a Masters of Business Administration from Lehigh University. Additionally, Dr. Sanchez Rivera was awarded the College of Business Graduate Life Leadership Award from the Graduate Programs Office of Lehigh University. In the nomination letter, the FLEX MBA Program Director Megan Van Voorhis noted that Dr. Sanchez Rivera has demonstrated exemplary leadership and “is one of the most outstanding students [she has] ever had the honor of working with.”
Sanchez Rivera has dedicated his career to serving youth as an educator and administrator of youth and family services in the nonprofit sector. Serving as the Senior Vice President of Community Impact with United Way of Berks County offered him the opportunity to make a difference in his community and work directly with people and volunteers whom he calls “an inspiration.”
“I believe we can achieve all things through collaboration,” said Sanchez Rivera. “Our community is passionate and dedicated to seeing students and families grow and thrive. At Reading School District, I look forward to continue building on our successes, fostering trust and relationships that we’ve built with families and our community, and striving for excellence.”
“Yamil is a lynchpin in the Reading community,” said Dr. Murray, underlining Dr. Sanchez Rivera’s inclusive leadership style. “He looks beyond the issues at hand to see the people affected by policy and programs. He puts people first, always, and that’s something we deeply value at Reading School District. He leads by example.”
Dr. Sanchez Rivera has lived in Reading, Pennsylvania, since 1981, and he shares that his birthplace, Puerto Rico, also holds a piece of his heart.
The Reading School District, located between Harrisburg and Philadelphia in southeastern Pennsylvania, has 19 schools, including 13 elementary schools, five middle schools, and one senior high school. The district also has its own virtual academy and shares a career and technology center with a neighboring district. With more than 17,800 students and approximately 2,000 staff members, Reading School District is the fourth largest school district in Pennsylvania and the sixth largest employer in Berks County. It is a Title I, urban school district where 93 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and 25 percent of students are English-Language Learners. For more information, visit readingsd.org.