Mrs. Amy Hannis-Miskar is currently the Principal at St. Jerome Regional School. During her 19 year career in education, she has served as an Assistant Principal in the North Schuylkill School District from 2008-2015 and an elementary teacher in the Saint Clair Area School District from 2001-2008. She also has a vast amount of experience in athletics at many different levels as both a coach and an athlete.
Mrs. Amy Hannis-Miskar graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2001, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. During her first year as a teacher at the Saint Clair Area School District, Amy was also a Graduate Assistant at Bloomsburg University working on her Master’s Degree in Education, with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. She earned that degree in just one year in 2002.
Amy also spent three seasons 2003-2006 as the Head Coach of the Penn State Hazleton Lady Lions. 2003-2004 was the first year for a women’s basketball program at Penn State Hazleton since 1976. The season ended with some extremely impressive accomplishments, aside from having a winning record in the first season of play. Coach Hannis-Miskar’s team had eight of her players named to the CCAC All-Academic Team and six players named Academic All-American.
Continuing with the success of the inaugural season in 2003-2004, Coach Amy Hannis-Miskar led her Lady Lions in the 2004-2005 season straight to the championship game of the C.C.A.C. at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park. They finished the regular season as the C.C.A.C. Regular Season Champions. Three players were named to the Academic All-Conference Team and three players were named to the All-Conference Team.
While teaching at Saint Clair and coaching at Penn State Hazleton, Amy also began working towards her principal’s certificate, which she completed at Bloomsburg University in the summer of 2006.
Amy was the head girl’s basketball coach at Saint Clair Area Middle School in the fall of 2002. She was also the head boy’s 7th grade coach at Tamaqua Area Middle School during the winter of 2002-2003.
She has also directed, attended and worked various basketball camps throughout the country. These camps include: Penn State Hazleton Basketball School, Pocono Invitational, Mt. St. Mary’s, International Sports Camps, Blue Chip, Blue Star, Saint Clair Area, and the prestigious Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Camp.
While completing her bachelor’s degree at Bloomsburg University in 2001, Hannis-Miskar also played semi-professional basketball for the NWBL.
After high school, she received a full athletic scholarship to Division I Charleston Southern University. While at CSU, she was named to the Big South Conference All Rookie Team.
Amy is a 1997 graduate of Mahanoy Area High School. While at Mahanoy Area HS she was a 4-year starter on the basketball team and captained her team in three seasons. She finished her career with 232 three-point field goals; scored over 2,000 career points, she led her team to a 98-10 record over her four-year participation.
On a personal note, Amy a member of Divine Mercy Parish in Shenandoah, PA. She resides in Frackville with her husband Nicholas and their three daughters; Brooke, Brielle, and Brynn. Amy states that “my daughters are my best accomplishment and what makes me most proud”. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, watching the Philadelphia Flyers, swimming, working in her yard and spending time with her family and friends.
Amy brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences in the field of education and sports with students of all ages, from kindergarten to college. She states: “I am excited to bring my skills as an educational leader to the SJRS community and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success. As Principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. I look forward to working with you and your child. In teaching you learn you have a direct impact, but in administration the impact broadens. We need to make coming to school fun and enjoyable so that the students want to be here. Students remember their elementary and high school experiences, the friends, the educators, and the activities. I want them to have positive experiences because it will remain with them forever, and that is making an impact.”
Three words that stress the priorities in my life: “Remember what’s important.”