Curriculum Department Staff
Dr. Louis Chance is the Assistant Superintendent with oversight of District Curriculum, Instruction, and Pupil Services. Prior to being named Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Chance served as the District’s Director of Pupil Services for four years. Before joining the administrative team in Downingtown, Dr. Chance served as the Director of Pupil Services in the Avon Grove School District. In addition, Dr. Chance has experience as a consultant and special education administrator with the Chester County Intermediate Unit, a special education teacher at an approved private school, and a private business owner providing in-home consultation to students with disabilities and their families.
Dr. Chance received his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, letter of eligibility, master’s degree, and supervisor of special education certification from Immaculata University. He earned his bachelor of science degree in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, Dr. Chance is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, having also completed his certification coursework at Penn State. As a behavior analyst, Dr. Chance has presented on the topics of behavior analysis and transition for adolescents with autism at PaTTAN’s community on transition conference at Penn State University as well as the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Autism Network conference.
Supervisor of K-6 Math/STEM
(610) 269-8460 Ext# 11311
Jonathan Blow is the Supervisor of K-6 Math/STEM. He also helps Downingtown teachers integrate technology into their classrooms on a daily basis. He is responsible for the DASD ConnecTeam and any technology Professional Develop. Prior to becoming the TIC, Jonathan was a 4th grade teacher at Pickering Valley Elementary School for seven years. Jonathan holds a Master of Science in Learning Technologies degree from Drexel University along with a K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Instructional Specialist Certificates.
Outside of the Downingtown Area School District, Jonathan has served as a leader in the community. Jonathan was responsible for creating and leading two different youth ministries in the Downingtown area. Through these roles, Jonathan learned how to become a more effective leader by providing realistic goals and expectations through clear communication and guidance. This has also shown him the importance of technology in all areas of life.
Supervisor of K-6 ELA/Humanities
(610) 269-8460 Ext# 11302
Diane Boff is the Supervisor of K-6 ELA/Humanities. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Millersville University and a M. Ed. from York College of Pennsylvania. After teaching students in grades 1-3 for nine years, Diane served as an Instructional Support Teacher for 10 years at Dallastown Area School District in York County. She then served as an Assistant Principal for three years within the same district. Diane’s career took her to Solanco School District in Lancaster County, where she was the Principal at Providence Elementary. During her 4 years there, she worked to have the state approve their application for using the Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII) for SDL determination. In 2014, Diane joined DASD as Principal of Springton Manor Elementary. She shared her in-depth knowledge of RtII and her passion for instruction with the students, staff and families of SM for 4 years before moving to the district office.
Diane currently lives in Lancaster, PA. When not at work, her hobbies include running, spending time outdoors, and visiting her daughters in S.C. and CO. Diane prides herself on being dedicated to the education of ALL students and academic excellence.
Supervisor of 7-12 Math/STEM
(610) 269-8460 Ext# 11313
Kelly Byrne came to DASD in 2009 as the Supervisor of Mathematics and Science K-12 and later became the Supervisor of Mathematics and Coordinator of Data Analysis. She helped support the assessment programming within our district and is now the district’s Supervisor of 7-12 Math/STEM.
Prior to coming to DASD, Kelly was an administrator, department chair, and middle level and high school teacher in other area school districts. Kelly also taught at K International School Tokyo (KIST), Japan. KIST is a K-12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme school. While at KIST, she taught students grade 7 Mathematics, Science, and Technology in the IB’s Middle Year Programme (MYP). Kelly also worked on the Algebra I Keystone Exam, the Mathematics PSSA for grades 3-8, and the PVAAS Reporting Focus Group for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Supervisor of 7-12 ELA/Humanities
(610) 269-8460 Ext# 11314
Serving as the DASD Supervisor of 7-12 ELA/Humanities, Troy Podell works with stakeholders in the Greater Philadelphia region to create meaningful career exploration opportunities for our students.
Troy is a graduate of Dobbs Ferry High School, an IB World School in Westchester, New York. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media from Temple University, Troy worked for CBS Radio as an Account Executive. There he received the honor of Account Executive of the Year in 2007 for his radio station. Troy holds a Master of Science in Adolescent Education from Mercy College, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the American College of Education.