Building Administrators

Building Administrators

Kimberly Boswell, 5th & 6th Grade Assistant Principal

After graduating from Ridley High School in 2006, I continued my educational journey post secondary schooling at Neumann University. My undergraduate focus was in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education.

My career started as a 2nd grade teacher at Chester Community Charter School in Chester, Pa. During my time at CCCS, I taught 2nd grade, 1st grade, K-3 Special education and Life-Skills.

I moved on to William Penn School District, Darby, Pa. I served as a 5th grade teacher, Head Teacher, Mentor and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Coordinator at Bell Avenue Elementary School. During my time at William Penn, I wanted to further my education and pursue my career further. I returned to Neumann University where I obtained a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. I completed a 365 day principal internship during my time at Bell Avenue, where I completed several community service projects, transformed school culture and focused on moving students to the next level.

I joined the Pottstown School District, specifically the Middle School in November of 2019 as the 5th and 6th grade Assistant Principal. I was excited to apply and have the opportunity to grow as a professional within our school district. I believe in our mission statement, that we should prepare each student, by name, for success at every level. I was excited to have the opportunity to help prepare our Middle School students for success daily in our building.

Calista Boyer, Principal, Lincoln Elementary

Calista Boyer

After graduating from Pottstown Senior High School in 1995, I followed in the footsteps of my devoted English teacher, Debbie Demko, and continued my postsecondary schooling at Bloomsburg University. After completing my undergraduate studies, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In 2005, I completed my Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology from Temple University. Soon after, I went into the Principal Certification program at Alvernia College.

Because of my love for reading, I completed my Reading Specialist certification at Cabrini College in 2009. My entire professional career has been with the Pottstown School District. I started in 2000 and worked as a classroom assistant and taught 1 st , 2 nd , 3 rd , and 5 th grades. For four years I was an Instructional Coach for Rupert, Edgewood, and Lincoln elementary schools.

Currently, I am the principal of Edgewood Elementary school where I am proud to lead the school where I once attended as a student. As a product of Pottstown School District and a member of the community in which I work, I truly have a vested interest in our schools. I truly believe our schools are second to none. My children attend our schools and my husband teaches at Pottstown Middle School.

I have strong ties to the community and enjoy attending community events with my family and positively socializing with our families. I want to see our students succeed and fulfill their dreams. I believe school should be a place where the minds of children should “run free”. My main goal at Edgewood is to establish a caring school climate and positive relationships between students and staff. I want to be sure that all students can achieve academically, free from harassment, intimidation and bullying. Edgewood is truly a wonderful place to work and a place I call home. Edgewood has dedicated teachers, classroom assistants, and a support staff that make the school a wonderful place for students to prosper. I feel privileged to be the principal of Edgewood Elementary School and serve the community of Pottstown.

Brian Hostetler, Principal Pottstown Middle School

I grew up in Southern Chester County and went to college at Penn State University to earn my teaching degree in Kinesiology. This degree certified me to teach Health & Physical Education courses. I began my teaching career at Owen J Roberts school district where I taught health, physical education, swimming, and fitness at the middle school. This position merged a couple of the things I loved; working with kids, and athletics. While teaching, I also coached three seasons of sports. I coached football, wrestling, and softball. 

I then decided to pursue a Master’s degree in educational leadership through Immaculata University. Initially, I wanted to go into athletic administration but I enjoyed the academic side of leadership as well as the athletic side. I accepted a position in the Chambersburg School District in South Central Pennsylvania where I worked as a High School Assistant Principal, a High School House Principal, and an Elementary Principal over the course of ten years.

When the middle school principal position opened in the Pottstown School District, I was excited to apply. I know our students have great potential and it brings me great joy knowing I have the opportunity to help them grow and develop each day I enter this building.

Michael Ishlar, 7th & 8th Grade Assistant Principal

I grew up in Phoenixville and graduated from Phoenixville High School. After graduating high school, I went on to Ursinus Mike IshlerCollege to get a degree in business administration. I did not remain in the corporate world for long. An old college teammate called me to help him fill a coaching vacancy and after coaching football for a few seasons, I realized that the cubicle life was not for me. Coaching made me realize my true passion was working with kids and teaching. I went back to school and in 2008 received my Pennsylvania teaching certificate in business and computer technology from Gwynedd Mercy University. I started my classroom teaching career at Saint Gabriel’s Hall in 2008 where I taught Microsoft Applications for 5 years.  

I began working in Pottstown in 2013 as the middle school computer applications teacher and then eventually made my way into middle school math. After 5 years in the classroom I decided to pursue a master’s degree in educational leadership. I earned my master’s degree in educational administration from Gwynedd in 2019. This is my 7th year with the Pottstown school district and this will be my first full year as an administrator, as the 7th and 8th grade assistant principal to the Middle School. I am truly excited and hopeful for this upcoming year and what we can accomplish at the Middle School!

Mary Kramer, Principal, Franklin Elementary

Beth Kramer I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher. I went to Saint Joseph’s University, graduating with a major in History and a minor in Secondary Education. After college, I spent several years in sales before having the opportunity to come back to work in education. I became a Social Studies teacher at Penn Wood High School in the William Penn School District. 

While teaching at Penn Wood, I pursued my Masters in Educational Leadership at Arcadia University and earned my Administrative Certification. I taught ninth and tenth grade students for eight years at the High School, every day learning more and more from my students and their families. In 2016, I moved into an administrative role in William Penn, becoming Principal of Bell Avenue Elementary School.

I learned that working with Elementary-age students is an incredible gift, and that I gained a monumental responsibility to start my students’ educational careers off on a path to success. I grew up in nearby Collegeville, and volunteered at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center for several years in middle and high school, where my mother also worked. Pottstown always impressed me as a strong community in which people took much pride. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come to Franklin Elementary, and to work with the dedicated staff and amazing families to provide new and exciting opportunities for our students.

Gavin Lawler, Pottstown High School Assistant Principal

Gavin LawlerI graduated from Penn State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education.
I then taught 10th grade Biology at Penn Wood High School before taking a position at Collegium Charter School where I taught a variety of secondary science courses and levels for the next six years. Over the course of my teaching career, I found ways to further impact the success of students and build positive relationships by writing and designing new curricula and electives, mentoring
at-risk students, and advising student council. 

After earning my Masters in Educational Leadership from Immaculate University in 2012, I was hired as the new elementary school Assistant Principal at Collegium. I then became the Principal of that same building in 2016. As a principal, I helped develop and implement an MTSS framework, PBIS system, STEAM program, curriculum programs, and other support structures to best meet the needs of our students.

Regardless of my position or role, my goal has always been to create a welcoming environment that embodies the belief that all students can succeed, empowers students and parents, engages students in lifelong learning, and promotes positive behaviors and social-emotional skills. 

David LivinggoodDavid Livengood, Director of Career and Technology

Dave is switching roles within the Pottstown School District as an Assistant Principal at the High School(2018-2019) to the Director of Career and Technical Education. Dave started his administrative career at West Shore School District- Cedar Cliff High School (2017-2018). Prior to Cedar Cliff High school, Dave was at Chambersburg Area School District where he taught Business Education. Dave was responsible for creating many new fundraising activities at the high school such as a Trojan Care Fund, a haunted house, and the Mini-THON.

Dave was the past chair of the 11/30 Network, which is a young professional network in Franklin County. Dave was the recipient of the Young Professional of the Year award from the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and Educator of the Year from the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees in 2017.

Prior to Dave’s teaching career, he coached college football at Westminster College, Clarion University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Dave has an undergraduate degree in Business Technology Support from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), a Master's degree in Education from Westminster College, a Business Education certification from IUP, and a Principal Certification from Shippensburg University. Dave's hobbies include hunting, fishing, landscaping, and traveling. Dave and his wife, Natalie, have a son Eli and live in the Exeter Township Area.

Danielle McCoy, Principal, Pottstown High School

Danielle McCoyMy life with the Pottstown School District began at Lincoln Elementary School as a kindergarten student. After graduating from Pottstown High School, I attended Shippensburg University where I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Total Information Systems and Design. Upon graduation I spent several years in the business sector, working primarily in the banking industry.

Achieving a Master of Education in Curriculum and Technology from Temple University followed by a Principal’s certification from Cabrini College and a Director’s certification in Career and Technical Education has lead to a very rewarding career. I am proud of the 13 years I have spent at Pottstown High School helping young adults prepare for life in the 21 st century.

My years as a remediation teacher, gifted itinerant support instructor, and business teacher have provided me with an excellent background in the teaching of high school students. My years in the Career and Technical department of Pottstown High School afforded me the chance to learn the many aspects of this valuable educational opportunity for students.

Pottstown High School has the unique distinction of being a comprehensive high school. Career and Technical programs are housed within the walls of the high school. The advantage of having academic classes scheduled in tandem with career and technical classes, gives Pottstown’s students the unique advantage of not having to miss out on any high school experiences. As the Director of Career and Technical Education it is my honor to provide leadership and support for the instructors and students of the Career and Technical department at Pottstown High School. <

As a parent it has always been my goal to raise my children to be successful, well-rounded adults. The choice to educate them through the Pottstown School District is one which I am happy to say has served them well. Each of my children began their educational journey at Edgewood Elementary School. I can remember the days when my oldest son had to put his backpack down in order to use two hands to open the door to kindergarten! Their years in the Pottstown school system were successful and prepared them well for post-secondary education. Each of them has graduated with honors from Pottstown High School. As class presidents and salutatorians, two of my children spoke at their high school graduations. Never one to be outdone, my youngest son also spoke as class president, but was the valedictorian.

Each of their graduation speeches included a component commending the excellent opportunities and experiences afforded them as students of the Pottstown School District. My own children are proof that Pottstown School District offers students the tools necessary to succeed in the 21 st Century. All have graduated from college with honors and have embarked on careers in their chosen fields. They have been commended in business situations for the poise and ease they exhibit in any situation. They always attribute their composure to the years they spent in the diverse and accepting culture of the Pottstown School District. As my oldest child continues to be promoted in the field of supply chain management for one of the largest government agencies, as my middle child embarks on her carrer as a commercial transaction attorney, and as my two-time NCAA national champion begins his career as a financial analyst with one of the largest banks in the world, I cannot help but be proud as a parent, but also as a Pottstown School District educator.

Matthew Moyer, Principal, Rupert Elementary School

Matt MoyerBorn and raised in Pottstown , I attended Rupert Elementary School for all of my elementary years, and graduated from Pottstown High School . I went on to receive my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Pennsylvania Teaching certificate from Shippensburg University . After receiving my degree, I substitute taught for a few months in the Spring- Ford School and Pottstown School Districts . Following a few months of substitute teaching, I was hired as a full time 5 th grade teacher in the Spring-Ford School District.

While teaching at Spring-Ford, I worked toward and received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, and my Pennsylvania Principal’s certification from Cabrini College in Radnor , Pennsylvania . After six years as a fifth grade teacher in Spring-Ford, I moved to my first administrative position as Assistant Principal of Schuylkill Valley Elementary School in Lessport , Pennsylvania . I spent three years at Schuylkill Valley before becoming principal of Rupert Elementary in August 2005.

As the Principal of Rupert Elementary, I work cooperatively with parents and staff to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for our children. Through our dedicated work together, we strive to prepare every student for success in our every changing global economy. It is my great pleasure to get to know each and every child that attends our school by name, and I enjoy watching them grow and learn. Our passion for excellence is seen daily through the commitment we have to providing the children we serve with the knowledge they need to be successful in whatever their future holds. As Francis Bacon said, “Knowledge is Power.”

I welcome you to call and make an appointment to visit our school. After over 90 years of education, Rupert Elementary is alive with the excitement of children learning each and every day.

Ryan Oxenford, Principal, Barth Elementary School

Ryan OxenfordAfter graduating from Pottsgrove High School, I attended West Chester University. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and a double minor in mathematics and special education. Soon after, I started teaching at the Pottstown Middle School. As a sixth grade math, reading, and language arts teacher, I had the opportunity to teach children the subjects I enjoy most.  During that time, I coached football, track and field, and cross country at the high school and middle school levels.

I enrolled in a Master’s Degree program at Lehigh University. Upon completion of the degree and principal certification, I started as principal of Barth Elementary School. Barth Elementary School is an incredible school with a talented staff and amazing students. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have the privilege of being the principal for the past nine years and continuing the great traditions at Barth.

I take pride in my roots in Pottstown. Both of my parents graduated from our high school, and I have numerous relatives who went to Pottstown. My wife is a Pottstown High School graduate and was a standout athlete and homecoming queen. We were married at the United Methodist Church on High Street; the same church in which, coincidentally, both sets of our parents were married.

I am proud of Barth Elementary School and look forward to many more years! 

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