• Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education & Curriculum

    Asst. Supt.

    Kristen Justus, Ph.D.
    Phone: 724-625-7773, ext. 6121
    Carolyn Will, Administrative Assistant 
    Phone: 724-625-7773, ext. 6110  |  Fax: 724-625-1490

    Pine-Richland School District welcomed Dr. Kristen Justus to serve as assistant superintendent of elementary education and curriculum in March of 2017.  

    Prior, Dr. Justus served as principal of Ingomar Elementary School since 2011. Before her arrival at Ingomar Elementary, Dr. Justus served as assistant principal at Ingomar Middle School for three years, after spending one year in the role of lead teacher in the same building during the 2007-2008 school year. In 2010, she also served in the capacity of acting principal at Ingomar Middle School. Prior to taking on these administrative roles, she taught German at Ingomar Middle School, North Allegheny Senior High, North Allegheny Intermediate High School, and in the Norwin School District, where she taught a variety of introductory, essentials, academic, and honors German courses across the seventh through twelfth-grade spans.

    Dr. Justus earned a Doctor of Philosophy in organizational learning and leadership from Gannon University, where she completed her superintendent letter of eligibility.  She earned a Master of Education in curriculum & instruction from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, as well as her principal certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Education in secondary education with a certification in K-12 German from Pennsylvania State University.

    Pine-Richland is home for Dr. Justus, who graduated from Pine-Richland High School. She says returning to Pine-Richland will be a deeply meaningful and rewarding experience and allow her to give back to the community which educated her.








    Gannon University

    Organizational Learning & Leadership


    November 2016

    Gannon University

    Letter of Eligibility

    Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

    June 2011

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Principal Certification

    Supervisory Papers
    K – 12 Principal


    Saint Vincent College

    & Instruction



    Pennsylvania State University

    Secondary Education:

    B.S. Education
    K–12 German
    Minor German
    Minor International Studies


    Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

    German Study Abroad

    German Credits applied to PSU degree through Study Abroad Program



    Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education,
    Pine-Richland School District

    2017 to Present

    Principal, Ingomar Elementary School

    2011 - 2017

    Assistant Principal, Ingomar Middle School
    Acting Principal, Ingomar Middle School Summer 2010

    Superintendent Internship Experience Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010

    2008 - 2011

    Lead Teacher, Ingomar Middle School
    & Principal Internship Simultaneously

    2007 - 2008

    German Teacher, North Allegheny Intermediate High School


    German Teacher, Norwin High School 

    2004 – 2006

    Professional Memberships & Appointments
    • American Association of School Administrators
    • Phi Delta Kappa
    • ASCD Member
    • PAESSP & NAESSP Member
    • Former Pennsylvania Middle School Association, Western Region Board Member
    • Mid Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence Examiner (2019)
    • Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner (2020)


    Assistant Superintendent Evaluation & Objective Performance Standards

    The PR superintendent and Board of Directors have determined that the assistant superintendent has met the following objective performance standards for the 2022-2023 academic year:
    • Student Growth and Achievement: Assistant superintendent uses multiple data sources to assess student success and growth as appropriate, specific to needs within the district, and as determined annually in collaboration with the PR Board of School Directors. Annual or other district performance objectives are articulated and clearly achieved under the direction of the superintendent relative to achievement and growth on PDE-required assessments including, but not limited to, PSSA, PVAAS, Keystone Exams, and other locally determined measures.

    • Organizational LeadershipAssistant Superintendent works collaboratively with the board to develop a vision for the district, displays an ability to identify and rectify problems affecting the district, works collaboratively with District Administration to ensure best practices for instruction, supervision, curriculum development, and management are being utilized and works to influence the climate and culture of the district.

    • District Operations and Financial Management: Assistant Superintendent manages effectively, ensuring completion of activities associated with the annual budget; overseeing the distribution of resources in support of District priorities; and directing overall operational activities within the district.

    • Communication and Community Relations: Assistant Superintendent communicates with and effectively engages the staff, the Board, and members of the community, clearly articulating District goals and priorities, addressing local and broader issues affecting the district, and building support for District initiatives, programs, and short/long-range plans.

    • Human Resource Management: Assistant Superintendent incorporates best practices for human resource management and oversight, coordinating staffing, recruitment, and other human resource functions.

    • Professionalism: Assistant Superintendent models professional decision-making processes and ethical standards consistent with the values of Pennsylvania’s public education system as well as that of the Pine-Richland community. Assistant Superintendent additionally works to individually reflect upon his effectiveness within the role, and works to improve effectiveness through the use of professional development literature and activities.