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Dr. Jillian Bichsel Hired as Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Jillian Bichsel Hired as Assistant Superintendent at Avonworth School District


The Avonworth School District Board of School Directors hired Dr. Jillian Bichsel to serve as its next Assistant Superintendent on Monday, October 11, 2021.  


Dr. Bichsel is currently the Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Development at North Allegheny School District. Dr. Bichsel’s primary role as the Assistant Superintendent at Avonworth will be K-12 curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, and oversight of the New Teacher Induction Program.

Dr. Bichsel stated, “I am thrilled to be joining the Avonworth School District!  I believe my experiences as a teacher, building administrator, and curriculum director have prepared me to serve the Avonworth community as the next assistant superintendent.  I am looking forward to continuing Avonworth’s tradition of excellence, innovation, and kindness while also focusing on ongoing growth and collaborative learning.”

Dr. Bichsel began her career as a Middle and High School English Teacher in Ohio and Mississippi. She returned to Ohio as the County Schools Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Education for the East Central Ohio Educational Services Center. Dr. Bichsel then became a K-3 Gifted Education Teacher in the Indian Valley School District and then became the Coordinator of Gifted Education Services for Wooster City Schools in Wooster, Ohio.

In pursuit of her doctorate, Dr. Bichsel moved to Pennsylvania in 2004 and served as the Gifted Support Teacher at the Quaker Valley School District. She transitioned to the Gifted Support Middle School Coordinator and provided bi-monthly professional development sessions on differentiated instruction. Dr. Bichsel moved into an administrative role in 2005 as the Assistant High School Principal and then the Intermediate High School Principal for the Fox Chapel Area School District. Dr. Bichsel oversaw the implementation of EdInsight and Edline data and communication tools, supervised gifted education services to help foster differentiated instruction, and collaboratively planned and implemented the induction program for new teachers.

Dr. Bichsel returned to Quaker Valley in 2009 as the Director of Academic Services, where she facilitated the strategic planning process for the District leadership team, led the curriculum mapping process and management tool for K-12 education, supervised eLearning, and collaborated with the leadership team to determine professional development needs annually. In 2014, Dr. Bichsel was approved as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment for Chartiers Valley School District, where she oversaw curriculum, instruction, professional development, and assessment for grades K-12 and facilitated the annual professional development plan focused on the District’s strategic plan. In 2018, Dr. Bichsel became the Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Development at North Allegheny School District.

Dr. Bichsel received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Wittenberg University, a Master’s degree in English Education from Ohio State University, Gifted Education K-12 certification from Ashland University, and a Doctorate of Education in School Leadership from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Bichsel also obtained her Principal K-12 certification and Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Bichsel will start at Avonworth on December 1, 2021.



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