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Superintendent Dr. Janet Sardon and all West Jefferson Hills School District (WJHSD) staff honored educator and community leader Mrs. Louise Biddle, who has served the West Elizabeth, Jefferson Hills and Pleasant Hills communities for the vast majority of her 98 years.  

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Honored for her service and contributions, Mrs. Louise Biddle (at left) with WJHSD superintendent Dr. Janet Sardon. (Photo by WJHSD)

Dr. Sardon and the WJHSD staff recognized Biddle at Thomas Jefferson High School to begin the district’s all-staff Opening Days. Classes for WJH students began Monday, August 29. 

Mrs. Biddle was hired in 1947 and taught second grade for 38 years at the old Roosevelt School in Large in the former Jefferson Township SD (now WJHSD), retiring in the mid-80’s. 

A resident of West Elizabeth for the past 71 years, Biddle is a member of West Elizabeth Council, and a former Council president and is the West Jefferson Hills Chamber of Commerce Recording Secretary. She also has tutored students from multiple local districts until just recently. Additionally, she represented the citizens of West Elizabeth on the CAP (Citizens Advisory Panel) for Hercules Inc. and Eastman Inc. and has volunteered with numerous organizations, including the West Elizabeth Food Bank at the Olivet Presbyterian Church.  Biddle attests her success and longevity to four characteristics: Don’t listen to rumors;  Don’t be negative;  Be kind; Work hard.

Biddle briefly spoke to the audience in the TJ Theater. “A school building is magical, she said. “You’re transforming, you’re building character, you’re changing people constantly, whether you know it or not. That is such a tremendous thing for children. And when they look at you and say, ‘I finally know how to do it!’ your heart skips a beat. Because your work paid off. Let the children know you respect them; you get respect back if you give it first.”

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