Giambattista Begins New Role at Spring-Ford

ROYERSFORD PA – Dr. Tina Giambattista (at top), appointed earlier this fall as the Spring-Ford Area School District‘s new assistant superintendent of special education and student services, arrived this week (Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2021) to begin work. She will supervise special education department programs, oversee school counseling and psychologist personnel, and advocate for district inclusionary practices.

Giambattista and Dr. Kelly Murray both were hired by the district Board of School Directors on the recommendation of Superintendent Robert Rizzo as part of his Sept. 20 plan to split responsibilities of the former assistant superintendent position to “better support our school community in the long term.” Murray was named the new assistant superintendent of teaching, learning, and innovation.

Giambattista most recently served as secondary-level special education supervisor in the Central Bucks School District. She began her career as a gifted support teacher in 1994 in the North Penn School District. Upon earning her supervisory certification in special education, “Dr. G,” as she prefers to be called, worked in leadership roles in the North Penn and Wissahickon school districts.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in elementary education. She earned her master’s degree at Eastern University, and her special education supervisory certification at Penn State University. Giambattista earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University in 2017, and her superintendent’s letter of eligibility from Delaware Valley University in 2021.

Dr. G was Rizzo’s guest during his weekly video update broadcast made available Thursday (Dec. 2) by Spring-Ford (above).

Photo provided by the Spring-Ford Area School District