Dr. Jenna Mancini Rufo, Assistant Superintendent

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Dr. Jenna Mancini Rufo was appointed as one of the district's Assistant Superintendents in July 2018. Dr. Rufo brings a unique K-12 lens to her role, with experience working at all three levels of education, as well as for a state educational entity.

Dr. Rufo graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cabrini College in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education. She completed her graduate work at Harvard University where she earned a Masters in Educational Administration, Planning and Social Policy. While completing her masters degree, Dr. Rufo served in short-term assignments as a first grade general education teacher and later, as a seventh grade English and Social Studies teacher for Cambridge Public Schools. After completing her graduate work, Dr. Rufo served as an Inclusion Facilitator for Newton Public Schools where she was responsible for coordinating services for students with significant disabilities in an inclusive middle school. Prior to returning to the Philadelphia area, Dr. Rufo served as a Special Education Planning and Policy Specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Upon returning to the Philadelphia area, Dr. Rufo worked as an elementary autistic support teacher for Colonial School District before transitioning to the role of Supervisor of Special Education for North Penn High School in 2008. She later became the Assistant Director of Special Education for North Penn, and assumed the position of Director of Special Education and Student Services in 2014. Dr. Rufo completed her doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Immaculata University in 2016.

Beyond Dr. Rufo's work for the district, she has spoken at both national and regional events on issues of educational equity and inclusion. Dr. Rufo was a featured presenter at The Atlantic's Education Summit, the Syracuse Summer Leadership Institute, the National Principals Conference, and the Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition. Dr. Rufo was inspired to enter the field of education by one of her siblings who has severe and multiple disabilities. She views education as her calling and is passionate about ensuring quality programs for ALL students.