Jenny Hartman Biler

Title: Retired Principal
Company: St. Mary Catholic Central High School
Location: Ida, Michigan, United States

Jenny Hartman Biler, Retired Principal at St. Mary Catholic Central High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in school administration.

Ms. Biler is a retired educator and school administrator celebrating more than four decades of service to Catholic education as well as her students and staff. Inspired to pursue a career in education by her high school teachers, she attended Siena Heights University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in history, theology, English, psychology, and secondary education, and completing her Master of Arts in history, education, and curriculum development in 1976. As a part of her commitment to remaining on the cutting edge of her field, Ms. Biler has completed more than 36 credit hours of postgraduate education at several institutions throughout her career. After student teaching at St. Mary’s Academy during the 1972-1973 school year, Ms. Biler went on to spend eight years as an educator at St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy in Toledo.

Through the 1970s and 1980s, Ms. Biler’s focus was teaching history at the high school level. She became renowned for her innovative approach to the subject, pioneering a “Women in History” curriculum in the early 1970s, and developing theme-based history curricula in the 1980s after being frustrated that her students seemed to understand history only until the World War II era. In the early 1990s, Ms. Biler transitioned into administration, serving as Dean of Academics at Notre Dame Academy from 1993 until 2000, when she accepted a position as assistant principal of St. Mary Catholic Central High School. She rose to become principal of St. Mary Catholic Central High School in 2006, a role she held until 2014 when she retired as an administrator. Ms. Biler would continue to teach part-time and serve as a member of the school’s campus ministry team until her retirement in 2016.

Ms. Biler is a former volunteer at her church, where she spent several years teaching religious education classes. While working as a school administrator, she was active in moderating a number of student organizations, including Model United Nations, the Student Council, softball and racquetball clubs, and served as a representative for the Catholic school system to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development board, an experience she regards as a career highlight. Ms. Biler attributes her success to her understanding of her students and school community and her ability to tailor instruction to meet their needs. In recognition of her accomplishments in education, Ms. Biler has been listed in editions of Marquis Who’s Who going back to the 1970s and was inducted into the Notre Dame Academy Graduate Hall of Fame and presented with a Professional Achievement Award in 2019. In the coming years, Ms. Biler looks forward to spending more time with her grandchildren and hopes to return to volunteering and teaching religious education classes.

 

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