She earned a B.A. in English from the University of Kentucky, a M.A.T. in teaching from the University of Louisville, and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University. Barz has worked as an elementary school principal for the past seven years at both Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Andrew Academy where she led the faculties in curriculum improvement and the integration of 21st century skills through the development of 1:1 programs.
Prior to her work as an administrator she taught at the high school level in prominent school districts across the country including Kentucky and Illinois for several years. During her tenure as a teacher, she worked extensively with all types of learners from English as a Second Language to students with severe disabilities. Her experience working within a professional learning community, and her commitment to data driven teaching influences her work as a principal as she consistently models what is best for students.
Holy Cross High School President Danielle Wiegandt shared, “Jennifer is exactly the kind of leader Holy Cross needs right now. Her innovative and forward-thinking fits perfectly with the kind of 21st century education that we strive to provide for our students. She understands that Jesus is the ever-present teacher in our school and is committed to strengthening the school’s Catholic Identity. We are excited about Jennifer joining the Holy Cross family!”
Barz is a life-long learner, and shares a passion for working with classroom teachers to promote the highest student success, as she has modeled this through her presentations at both local and national conventions. It is her belief that every student wants to learn, but it takes a teacher with a strong knowledge base to lead students toward their maximum potential. Barz stated, “I look forward to joining the Holy Cross family, and working with the dedicated faculty and staff, students, and families.”