School District Of The City Of York
Assistant Superintendent – Special Education
With 20 years in urban education, Dr. Jill Koser is committed to bringing her expertise in teaching and learning to the personalized programming required within the special education department. Prior to coming to the School District of the City of York in 2018 as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Koser served as a teacher, Coordinator for Parent Involvement, and Elementary Principal in the School District of Lancaster. In addition to these roles, Dr. Koser served as the Education Impact Team Leader at the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County. In this role, her community leadership in Pre-Natal – 3rd Grade (P-3) Initiatives helped to build a network of 16 community teams centered on building bridges between early childhood education partners and K-12 school districts. In addition to her district and community experience, Dr. Koser is honored to serve as a facilitator for the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) program where she is able to contribute to the development of new principals and administrators in the region.
Since becoming a part of the Bearcat family, Dr. Koser has led several key initiatives. Her passion for ensuring access to high standards for all students resulted in the deepening of curriculum documents in social studies, science, math, and ELA. In addition, Dr. Koser has developed long-term professional learning initiatives in the area of the “science of reading” to help transform literacy instruction at the early elementary grades in SDCY. Dr. Koser believes that our teaching staff are critical stakeholders in the work of providing the highest quality learning opportunities for students, and she has led professional learning sessions and Educator Effectiveness plans to increase the quality of opportunities for our teachers to grow in their practice. Dr. Koser’s three core values of collaboration, equity, and excellence drive her leadership within the Office of Special Education. Her commitment to ensuring strong systems of communication and support serve as the foundation for her leadership style.
Dr. Koser is a graduate of Pequea Valley High School, and she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Millersville University. Her graduate studies were completed through Widener University, where she received her Educational Leadership master’s and doctoral degrees. In her personal time, Dr. Koser enjoys coaching her daughter’s softball team, watching her son play football, spending time outdoors with her husband, and hiking with her two dogs – Rey and Tucker.
Dr. Koser does her best to daily live by her favorite quote, “Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded.”