District Administrators

District Administrators

Mr. Matthew A. Boyer, Director of Human Resources

Deena Cellini

After graduating from Pottsgrove High School in 1992, I went onto pursue a degree in Nutrition and Biology from West Chester University. After my freshman year I decided to change my major to education and graduated from West Chester University, in the Fall of 1996 with a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on reading and literacy. Upon graduating, I worked for the Devereux Foundation before accepting a position at Pottstown School District, as the Students Service Coordinator/Disciplinarian at Pottstown Middle School. After a year at Pottstown School district, I had achieved my goal and was granted a teaching position, as a 6th Grade Social Studies, Language Arts and Reading teacher at Pottstown Middle School. While teaching at Pottstown Middle School for 16 years. I served as a department chair and coached many sports at both the middle and high school level. I received my Master Degree in Curriculum Education and Technology from Temple University and my Administrative certification from Alvernia University. In 2013 I was granted the position of 5th and 6th Grade Principal at Pottstown Middle School, I served as Principal for 4 year before accepting the position of Principal of Pottsgrove Middle School in 2017. In 2021, I became the Director of Human Resources at Pottstown School District.

I have a vested interest in the school community that has given so much to myself and my family . I am a strong advocate for the public-school education system and the great opportunities that the public-school system provides for our youth and our faculty. My service to the children and faculty in our community I hold in the highest regard, I am privileged to help shape their future and to foster an environment where our students and staff can achieve their goals.

I come from a long family of educators, my mother and father who have had the greatest influence on my life, both stressed the value education. My father was a special education for 39 years and was a member of the Pottsgrove School District School Board, my mother was a pre-school teacher and is presently a certified public accountant and operates her own business in Pottstown. My brother is a middle school principal in Dayton, Ohio and my sister also has an education degree and currently works in the legal department for Domestic Relations, in Montgomery County.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two daughters’; my oldest graduated from Pottstown School District and is a senior in college majoring in Biology, Pre-med and my youngest attends 8th Grade at Pottstown Middle School. Going to the New Jersey shore, fishing and spending time on the beach is one of my favorite things. I enjoy fitness and am an avid Philadelphia Sports and Duke Basketball fan.

Tamara Gundersen, Supervisor of Middle School Special Education

Tamara GundersenEducation is my second career. I began teaching kindergarten and third grade after working in the pharmaceutical industry. I returned to graduate school to study special education after my 4th child was diagnosed with autism.

My experiences with her education and therapies are what motivated me to become an autistic support teacher. In the district, I have taught at both Franklin and Pottstown High School. I am excited to be in my new role at the middle school.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my 5 children, walking my dog, traveling and going to concerts.

William Jeffreys, Director of Special Education

Will Jefferies

I attended Wesley College in Dover, Delaware and earned a degree in Elementary Education. After working at a private school for five years, I went to Penn State Great Valley/World Campus and obtained certificates in special education and special education supervision. Some years later, I attended Cabrini University where I majored in Educational Leadership and Administration. Pottstown has always held a special place in my heart and I’m very happy to be rejoining the community after seven years.

During my time away from Pottstown, I served as a Supervisor of Special Education and an Assistant Director of Services for two school districts in Bucks County. I had the opportunity to lead some of the following programs in those districts: Gifted Education, English Language Learners, Special Education, Extended School Year, Specialized Curricula,18-21 year old programming, curriculum pilot programs, PASA, and community based instruction. In my over 20 years experience as a special education teacher and administrator, I have had the opportunity to work closely with paraprofessionals, teachers, community members, administrators, and other stakeholders to develop compliant and equitable programs.

My career has focused on assisting teams with providing equitable access to education and resources for all students. This career focus fits the district’s mission and vision in terms of “Preparing every student by name for success at all levels”.

Kristin Kozik, Food Service Director

Kristin Kosack Kristin graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. Immediately after graduation she was hired as Food Service Supervisor and Nutritionist in a skilled nursing facility in suburbs of Pittsburgh. Originally from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Kristin moved to Reading and managed the Reading Maternal and Family Health Services Office. 

She counseled women and children teaching them healthy lifestyles while maintaining well balanced diets. Taking time off to start a family, Kristin then returned to work with her husband assisting in managing his durable medical business.

Kristin is dedicated to insuring the students of the district are provided with nutritious good tasting meals. Kristin is married to Donald Kozik and has three children, Jackson, Nicholas, and Gabriella. Kristin’s hobbies include gardening, cooking, running, and enjoying time with her family.

Mieke Mazur, Supervisor of Elementary Special Education

My love for working with children with special needs began as a teenager volunteering at Special Olympics. I graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor's degree in Special Education and began my education career teaching young students with Autism and spearheading family support programs. I then spent several years teaching middle school special education students at Owen J. Roberts School District.

While continuing my teaching career, I pursued my interests and studies in school psychology. I graduated from Immaculata University with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and an Educational Specialist certification in School Psychology. After several years as Camp Hill School District’s school psychologist, I became the school psychologist at Barth Elementary School, a beloved position I held for 10 years. During this time, I thoroughly enjoyed becoming immersed in the Barth family and community, where “teamwork makes the dream work”, and in helping support our families in the Pottstown community.

In 2022, I completed my Special Education Supervisor certification and transitioned to the Supervisor of Special Education role at Pottstown School District. I look forward to continuing to support Pottstown’s students and families.

Ryan Oxenford, Director of Curriculum & Educational Programs

Ryan Oxenford

After 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 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 received my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Soon after, I was named principal of Barth Elementary School, a position I held for 10 1 / 2 years. During that time, I had the opportunity to learn from some of the most talented and hard working staff members. 

In the fall of 2021, I moved into the role as Director of Curriculum and Educational Programs for the Pottstown School District.

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.

Kelly Reilly, Supervisor of High School Special Education

Kelly ReillyAfter graduating from high school, I attended Alvernia University and pursued a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a dual certificate in Special Education. I quickly knew my passion in education lay within the special education realm and focused my energy on procuring a position as a special education teacher. I have been afforded opportunities to teach at the elementary, middle and high school level.

Over the last ten years, I have enjoyed working alongside students with disabilities and knew I wanted to do more within special education to make a difference for our students. In 2017, I graduated with my Masters of Special Education and then decided to pursue my Supervisor of Special Education certificate. 

I am excited to be a part of the Pottstown School District and look forward to supporting our students and families. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our families. We enjoy taking our dog for walks, cooking, traveling and finding great restaurants in the area.

Dr. LaTanya White, Director of Student Services

Dr. Latanya WhiteDr. LaTanya White is an experienced educator who specializes in promoting strong student achievement, positive student behavior, and community partnerships. Presently, Dr. White is the Director of Student Services at Pottstown School District and an Independent Educational Consultant for KenKayd Consulting. As an active Director and a former Supervisor of Virtual and Alternative Learning for the district, she continues researching and proposing new alternatives yielded towards promoting student achievement; academically, behaviorally, socially and emotionally. 

Prior to that appointment, Dr. LaTanya White served as Director of Tri-County Learning Academy, developing alternative learning programs for Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. She has worked with some of the most challenging students and has been successful when faced with challenges that have gone beyond student performance. One of Dr. White’s more recent accomplishments was establishing a district-wide evaluation instrument for virtual learning opportunities provided at the district. Her efforts led to the development of a multi-systemic Virtual and Alternative Learning Program for students grades K-12. Preceding the Director position, Dr. LaTanya White was the guidance counselor at Tri County Learning Academy where she has helped at-risk students develop the necessary tools to reach their highest potential in their endeavors with tact and skill.

Dr. White has several years of experience working as an educator in varied capacities, as well as a case manager, therapeutic support counselor, and program coordinator for Gateway Counseling. Dr. White serves as Co-Chair of the Youth Development Collaborate for Tri-County Community Network, and is an active advocate of the Women’s Center Domestic Violence Prevention. Dr. White is also an active member of several professional organizations, including International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL); Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA); American School Counselor Association (ASCA); and National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). She is a member of the YWCA and EXCEL, a professional women’s association of the YWCA. Dr. White received her Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pennsylvania, her Master of Education Degree from West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Alvernia University, Reading, Pennsylvania. LaTanya White was born in Louisville, KY, but raised in Pottstown and has two children. She was a graduate of Pottstown School District.

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