Meet Mrs. Biggar
By: Eleanor Clements
Mrs. Biggar is the new Upper School Counselor and Director for the Center of Leadership and Well-Being. She recently relocated from Colorado and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University with a concentration in Sociology and a Master of Social Work degree from Colorado State University. Having attended an all-girls high school herself, she’s experienced the importance of being part of an inclusive community that celebrates young women excelling academically, socially, and emotionally. Mrs. Biggar believes in the educational philosophy that we must focus on the whole child to nurture academic excellence, independence, resilience, personal strengths, and leadership qualities in each student. She is excited to grow relationships with the girls here at HB and looks forward to getting to know each of us on a personal level in order to assist in any way necessary.
I’ve asked her a few questions and here are her responses:
Q: How do you think your experience at an all-girls school will help you help girls here?
I went to an all-girls high school so I was surrounded by strong women who were empowered and felt comfortable raising their hands in class and taking academic chances. I valued that experience and so I think I can not only relate to girls here at HB, but better prepare them. I also had the full experience of sisterhood and what it means to be a sister, and I think that helps me to understand the things teenage girls are going through.
Q: Any fears you have moving forward?
I wouldn’t so much say a fear as it is a task for me to overcome- but I think getting the girls to know me and understand that I can help with the small things as well as the big things is critical. Girls don’t have to be in crisis to come and see me. Also, I want the girls to know that I am their advocate and my office is a safe space so anything they tell me is confidential.
Q: How do you think the issues between girls here is different than the issues at a public school?
The girls here at HB have unique opportunities to thrive and grow that many of the girls at a public school would not, so finding the balance between the many things they tackle is very important. Sometimes I feel everyone wants to do it all, so taking time to wind down and balance stress is necessary to well-being.
Q: In a high stress environment like HB, what’s one piece of advice you have for our well-being?
It’s crazy to ask girls to take time out of their busy days to have “me-time” so I suggest small things throughout the day like taking deep breaths when you feel overwhelmed or going outside to get fresh air in the middle of tests.
Q: What’s your main goal for this year?
My goal for this year is to streamline education between upper school and middle school, that way when girls come up to the high school they don’t feel unprepared. Also, it’s important to share challenges and work on strengthening leadership and well-being. I’m very excited to be here and work with all of the students!
As a community and a sisterhood here at HB, we are so excited to welcome Mrs. Biggar and are grateful to have her here on staff! We can’t wait to see all the good work to come!