The Wissahickon School District (WSD) Board of School Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Keziah La Torre as the district’s first-ever Director of Equity and Cultural Responsiveness. This new position was created to support the district’s three-pronged approach to improving equity in education: (1) Cultural Responsiveness/Racial Equity Training & Professional Development; (2) Curriculum, Programs & Procedures; and (3) Staffing. Ms. La Torre will co-chair the district’s Racial Equity Planning Committee, dedicated to helping to move the district forward in honoring and embracing diversity; interrupting racism and bias; and inclusion and equity.
Ms. La Torre joins WSD from Radnor High School where she served as Assistant Principal and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. She was the Administrative Leader or Supervisor of a multitude of extracurricular and instructional programs including the Girls Empowerment Group, Dream Leadership Academy, Black Student Union, Student Equity Team, College and Career Readiness Plan and Teaching & Learning Hubs.
Prior to Radnor, Ms. La Torre worked at Cheltenham High School for 22 years, serving as PBIS Coach (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), Freshman Transition Program Coordinator, and English Department Chair for 8 years, after teaching English for 14 years.
“Ms. La Torre is going to be a perfect fit here in Wissahickon. She is a dynamic, enthusiastic and highly skilled educator, and has a wealth of experience leading schools and districts in all matters related to equity and cultural responsiveness,” said Dr. James Crisfield, Superintendent.
Ms. La Torre earned her B.S., Secondary Education English, from Pennsylvania State University; her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Gratz College; and her Principal Certification from Arcadia University; and her National Board Certification for Professional Teaching Standards.