Jose Rivera is an educator with over 20 years of experience working for the Grandview School District. He is currently in his second year as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. Previously, he served as the principal of McClure Elementary for 13 years, overseeing the daily workings of the district’s largest elementary school building, with over 700 students and 80 staff members. Earlier, Rivera spent seven years as a classroom teacher at Harriet Thompson Elementary. His experiences also include leading and managing summer school services for all ages and grades. Previous to teaching, he was an instructional aid for three years, supporting struggling readers and special education students at Smith Elementary School. He received a bachelor's degree in education and a Master of Education in professional development from Heritage University in 2005.
Rivera’s focus is on ensuring that all of Grandview’s students receive the finest teaching possible, so that they can become strong, competent learners and responsible citizens. He advocates for each and every child, parent, staff member and community member. He is a strong instructional leader, focusing on building teacher capacity through work in collaborative teams (PLCs) that is centered on student assessment data, pedagogy, and interventions for the neediest students, with the goal of providing access to the same engaging, rigorous, and relevant curriculum and instruction for all students.