Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Jenny Charney – South Hills School of Business & Technology
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Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Jenny Charney

Jenny Charney and her daughter
  • Jenny Charney and her daughter
  • A before photo of a DIY project by Jenny Charney
  • An after photo of a DIY project by Jenny Charney, featuring her daughter
  • Jenny Charney's daughter walking by a stream in a forest

Faculty Spotlight on Jenny Charney, Administrative Professional Program Instructor

1What’s your position at South Hills and how long have you worked here?
I'm an Instructor and Advisor for the Administrative Professional (AP) program. This is my first year at South Hills!
2What do you like most about your job?
It's hard to pick one specific aspect of this job; but, the instructors and the staff in this building make up an incredibly supportive atmosphere for the students. There's never a time when they can't talk to someone and it makes for a very fulfilling career to be part of that environment.
3Do you have any hidden talents or superpowers?
DIY projects! Last summer I bought a $5 dresser and turned it into a gardening table and I turned my daughter's changing table into a bench. I guess I have an eye for re-purposing and I really enjoy doing it.
4What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love to cook and I'm always making up recipes in my kitchen. My daughter and I also enjoy hiking when the weather cooperates. We visit the local state parks and explore the trails.
5What’s your favorite TV show/favorite movie?
I don't watch a lot of TV but I always find my way to a good documentary on Netflix.
6What are you reading or what are your favorite books?
I'm in my car a lot so I've become a big fan of audio books. I'm currently listening to Michelle Obama's book, Becoming, and it's fantastic. Within the last few years, I've listened to the You are a Badass books by Jen Sincero and would recommend them to everyone.
7What’s your favorite vacation spot & why?
My favorite vacation spot is anywhere I can relax. I enjoy the beach, but I also enjoy camping and hiking with my daughter.
8What’s your favorite food?
I consider myself an equal opportunity lover of food, but if I HAD to pick, I'd likely say Thai food.
9Do you have a favorite quote?
“It is what it is.”
10What’s on your “Bucket List?”
My bucket list item is visiting Paris. It's a place that I've always wanted to go and I'd like to take my daughter there when she gets a little bit older.
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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.