Dr. Jill Balzer
Jill Balzer received her Bachelor of Science degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas in 1993. She began her teaching and coaching career at West Elk High School and then moved to Andover High School in 1995. She received her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in 1998 from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, her principal certification in 2006 from Tarleton State University, Killeen, Texas, and her doctorate in educational administration from Texas A & M, College Station, Texas in 2014. Dr. Balzer taught social studies and coached basketball and softball in Kansas for seven years until she moved to Round Rock, Texas to take a position teaching and coaching at McNeil High School, in Round Rock ISD. In 2005, Ms. Balzer moved to Harker Heights High School in Killeen ISD, first as a teacher and coach, then as a campus instructional specialist, and finally as an assistant principal. In 2008, Dr. Balzer became the principal of Fairway Middle School and then was chosen to become the first principal of Charles Patterson Middle School in 2009. Finally in 2014, Dr. Balzer was selected to become the principal of Haltom Middle School in Birdville ISD.
Dr. Balzer has received many honors in her career including the KISD Education Foundation Honoree, National Youth Leadership Forum Mentor Honoree, Who's Who Amongst National Teachers, Andover School District Bright Red Apple Nominee, Andover High Teacher of the Month, KNEA Leadership Award, National Dean's List, Outstanding Senior in Education Nominee, TASSP Outstanding Principal Nominee, and was honored in the 2011-2012 Bragging Rights issue of the Texas School Business publication. Her hobbies include playing and watching all sports (including her HMS Tigers) and spending time with family and friends.