Ms. Jennifer Saksa, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Ms. Saksa has over 20 years of experience in a variety of educational settings and levels. Beginning her career as a high school English teacher, she wrote curricula, developed a strong rapport with students, and was proud to serve as a teacher leader.
As a middle school assistant principal, Ms. Saksa developed programming to cultivate a positive school climate, including rewards programs for both students and teachers. Later as an elementary school principal, she led an implementation of three new curricula which improved instruction and resulted in increased student achievement. As a K-12 Supervisor of Professional Learning, she eagerly spearheaded new, district-wide initiatives, carefully navigating the complexities of change, people, and programs.
Ms. Saksa received her B.A. in English from Widener University, her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph's University, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership at Neumann University. Ms. Saksa resides in Havertown with her husband and twin daughters who are future Haverford students.
Ms. Nicole Battestelli, Director of Pupil Services and Special Education
Ms. Battestelli has 13 years of experience in education. Her roles in the district have included Special Education Teacher/Blended School Department Chair, Pupil Services Coordinator and most recently as Coordinator of Elementary Special Programs.
Ms. Battestelli has a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, Elementary Education, and American Studies from LaSalle University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph's University.
Mr. Robert Riegel, Business Manager
Ms. Sara Christianson, Director of Learning and Assessment
Ms. Christianson began her teaching career with Teach Philadelphia as an 8th-grade teacher in West Philadelphia. There she lead a team of teachers in redesigning the Middle School years into a Junior Academy with a focus on Social Justice. She was elected as a National Teacher Leader through Edison, Inc. and recognized with the honor of being named a National Outstanding Leader during the National Convention. Ms. Christianson was an Assistant Principal at Interboro High School where she served on a number of District-wide committees and took the lead on various Federal Grant Programs. Most recently, she was the proud principal of Chatham Park Elementary School.
Ms. Christianson received her B.S. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, M.S. in Elementary Education from St. Joseph's University, and M.S. in Educational Administration from Gwynedd-Mercy College. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership at Widener University.
When not working you will find Ms. Christianson with her daughter exploring nature, enjoying sports (both avid basketball fans! Go Sixers!!), cooking, and shopping but always laughing and finding ways to have fun!
Mr. Gregg A. Parker, Esq.,Director of Human Resources and General Counsel
Mr. Parker has served as the solicitor for the Board of School Directors here in Haverford since 1996. In 2012, Mr. Parker became in-house General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for the District. Mr. Parker is a Delaware County native and a graduate of Interboro High School, Swarthmore College and the Dickinson School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1984.
Mr. Parker's professional experience includes several years at the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), first as a law clerk and then as a lawyer in the Office of Chief Counsel where he advised the State Board of Education, the Secretary of Education and PDE. He then moved on to private practice, at Fromefield and Defuria in Media, PA, and then in the litigation department at Blank, Rome, Comiskey and McCauley in Philadelphia. Mr. Parker formed and practiced as a partner at Catania and Parker, LLP in Media for 24 years. His law practice was varied and included representation of school districts and other municipal entities.
He resides in Havertown with his wife and 4 children, all proud Alumni of Haverford High School.