About

The Spire Leadership Group seeks to ensure that our clients – both leaders and organizations – achieve their full potential by providing a full array of services that exceed expectations. Spire maintains a flexible approach with a focus on results that’s attentive to each client’s needs.

Tim Matheney

Founder and President

tim@spireleadershipgroup.com

Tim Matheney established the Spire Leadership Group in 2017 after spending more than 25 years as an educator, public policy leader, and non-profit entrepreneur. He recently served as the founding Executive Director of the highly-acclaimed Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders and Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership from 2015-17.

Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Tim oversaw 14 at-risk school districts, including Newark, Atlantic City, and Camden, as Chief Intervention Officer for the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). In that role, he was responsible for monitoring the education of 135,000 students. Tim joined the Department in 2012 to lead the implementation of the state’s landmark tenure reform act, serving as the lead architect of the performance evaluation system for the more than 100,000 public school educators in state.

From 2004 to 2012, Tim was the principal of the award-winning South Brunswick High School (SBHS), one of New Jersey’s largest schools. Under his leadership, SBHS was designated a National School of Character, honored on the Advanced Placement Honor Roll, and named as one of “America’s Best High Schools” by Newsweek magazine.

A cum laude graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan, Tim is the author of Leadership that Lasts:  Seven Actions Toward an Enduring Impact.

April Gonzalez

Consulting Associate

april.gonzalez1964@gmail.com

April Gonzalez joined Spire Leadership Group as an associate in September 2019.  During her 32 years in education, April taught English, supervised English and Social Studies and served as Assistant Principal of Academic Leadership at South Brunswick (NJ) High School.  Most recently she was the principal of Indian Fields Elementary School in South Brunswick where she continued to develop a culture of professional learning.

Throughout her career, April has provided professional learning for a variety of audiences. She led the development of a highly successful model for professional learning in her district known as The Professional Learning Series.  She has presented numerous workshops at the National Council for Teachers of English convention and the Conference of English Leadership. April has a passion for curriculum development and has trained others in the Understanding by Design Model and Curriculum Mapping. She has edited for authors and contributed case studies and action research for texts on differentiated instruction and Intertextuality.  April also led a district-wide study on the topic of homework and wellness.

April graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University with a major in English and Psychology and attended graduate school at Marygrove College and The College of New Jersey.

Kendric Chua

Creative Director

ken@spireleadershipgroup.com

Kendric Chua, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, serves as Creative Director for the Spire Leadership Group. A visual artist and writer, Ken oversees brand development for Spire. Ken served as the primary editor and designer of Leadership that Lasts:  Seven Actions Toward an Enduring Impact. He is also a freelance video production assistant, videographer, and graphic designer for several clients in Philadelphia.