Mrs. Jill Bierly

Professional Biography

Teaching is my passion, a God given talent that I enjoy sharing with my students. I graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 2005 with BA’s in Art History as well as Archaeology and Culture of the Ancient Near East, and minors in World Politics and Biblical Languages. I am currently a graduate student in Anthropology, with a focus on Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As an archaeologist, I enjoy teaching in alternative classrooms and using hands-on experiments with practical applications whenever possible.

Personal Biography

My husband and I met while attending Lycoming College. We later became friends when we participated in the American Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus in 2004. We were married in my hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2007. In 2009, we moved to Belchertown and found a church family at Christ Community Church.

We have an adorable, wonderful, two-year-old daughter, Helen; she loves to read and swim (with help of course). We also have a six-year-old black lab mix named Nero; in his younger days, he loved to check out new trails with me. I enjoy hiking, crafting, working on home improvement projects, and spending time at the park or beach with my family.

Educational Philosophy

I have been a teaching assistant and stand-alone instructor in college classrooms (typical and alternative, i.e. the field) for the past 8 years. I have greatly enjoyed the experiences and the students, but I would like to more closely tie my faith journey to my teaching. All students learn differently and all teachers teach differently, but both need to know how to listen, respond, and react to one another to truly gain knowledge.

Romans 10:1 emphasizes that our zeal and passion should always be for the Lord. We should not be jealous of what others have or think that we have missed opportunities, but rather we should put our faith and trust in the Lord and listen to His Word. I do not want my zeal or passion for teaching and archaeology to be misguided; I want to use these God-given gifts as stones on my path towards salvation.

Favorite Verse

Jeremiah 29:11:  “For I know the plans I have for you ‘declares the Lord,’ plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”