Mars Area School Board has appointed Jessica Semler as the full-time principal at Mars Area Primary Center, beginning with the 2023-2024 School Year.
Semler, who is serving as the school’s substitute principal this school year, previously served as assistant principal at Mars Area High School during the 2021-2022 School Year. She began her career at Mars Area School District as a second grade teacher (2009-2012) at Mars Area Elementary School, before moving to a third grade teaching position (2012-2021). In 2015, she also served as an elementary principal intern in the District.
A Mars Area High School graduate, Semler holds a master’s degree in educational leadership with a principal certification (K-12) and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Westminster College. Prior to joining the District, Semler completed her student teaching at Hartman Elementary School (Ellwood City School District) and Haine Middle School (Seneca Valley School District).
At Mars Area School District, Semler was a member of the Instructional Technology, Technology Planning, Safety Mechanics and Comprehensive Planning teams as well as a member of the Safety Differentiated Supervision; Third Grade Language Curriculum Writing; Third Grade Social Studies Curriculum Writing, and Third Grade Novel List committees. She has also served as a mentor for new staff members; as a summer STEAM Camp and Junior Achievement facilitator; and, as a coordinator of a school-wide Food Drive at Mars Area Elementary School.
For more information, call (724) 625-1518.