Movin' On Up: RSD Teacher Becomes Assistant Principal
At Reading School District, people are our priority. We believe every student can learn and excel when given the support and skills they need to succeed. We have pride in our staff—people who are passionate advocates for public education, unwavering supporters of students, and unmatched cheerleaders for one another. And we strongly value community—the partnerships built through trust and shared vision with parents, community members, business owners, and community leaders and decision-makers.
Kimberly Clarke, Assistant Principal at Northwest Middle School, understands firsthand. A self-professed “proud graduate of Reading School District,” Clarke began her career with Reading in 2004 as an Educational Assistance Program (EAP) tutor. In 2006 she became a full-time Kindergarten Teacher and held that position for 13 years; 10 years as team leader. She began working as an English as a Second Language Teacher for English Learners (EL) in 2018. Now, in her 19th year as a team member at Reading School District, Clarke is moving up to serve as Assistant Principal at Northwest Middle School.
“I worked in a building with administrators who practiced leadership development and succession planning,” shared Clarke. “This gave me the opportunity to explore many leadership roles. I participated in curriculum writing, leadership seminars, equity committees, and community leadership forums. These experiences prompted me to pursue my master’s degree in Educational Leadership.”
Reading’s “Grow Your Own” initiative supports staff members as they pursue interests close to their hearts. Reading School District is proud to offer guidance and support, whether you’re a paraprofessional interested in becoming a teacher or a team member interested in a leadership position.
“My greatest advice to anyone is to follow your heart,” offers Kimberly Clarke. “Making the decision to become an administrator allowed me to have the greatest opportunity to positively impact more students on a daily basis.”
“Reading welcomes people in any stage of their career—as long as they are dedicated to students and learning,” shared Wanda Gonzalez-Crespo, Interim Assistant to the Superintendent. “Whether someone is just starting or ready to achieve a long-term goal, we’re here to provide a stable job and a career you can grow. We provide training and opportunities that support your goals. We’re excited to celebrate Kimberly Clarke as she begins her new role as Assistant Principal. As a Reading graduate turned tutor, teacher, and now administrator, Mrs. Clarke serves as inspiration for all around her.”
When asked about her focus for her first year of administration, Clarke said: “I look forward to building relationships with the students, staff members, and families as I focus on creating a positive learning environment for all students. I aspire to create an atmosphere that ensures each child the opportunity to learn, grow, and reach their full potential.”
Reading paraprofessionals and teachers interested in growing their careers are encouraged to contact their school principal or Human Resources for additional information. Reading School District offers a tuition reimbursement program for up to six credits per year at $350 per credit for members of all bargaining groups.