Currently Teaching: Math 2 Level 1
Total Years Taught: 35 – rock on, Jill!
Other places taught besides SBHS: Missisquoi Valley Union High School from January 1977 to June 1982. Enosburg Falls High School from September 1987 to June 2005.
Years at SBHS: 13th year
Professional accolades received as a high school math teacher: Nominee for Vermont Teacher of the Year 2003
Other jobs besides teaching math at SBHS: Waitress at Seward Family Restaurant in South Burlington 1971-1976. Home daycare while my children were small.
Other formal roles (besides math teacher) taken on at SBHS: Math Department CAS, Co-advisor of SBHS Future Educators of America, Co-Advisor of Junior Class
Why did you decide to become a high school math teacher? I love math and I love teaching ( have been helping other students with math since 2nd grade) so teaching math was my destiny.
If you had to sum up your philosophy on teaching and learning math in a few sentences, what would you say? Be sure students have the necessary foundation to learn the current curriculum. If they do not, help them get the foundation before moving on. Find ways to show the relevance of mathematics. Help students see the use and the beauty of mathematics.
What is something interesting that people may not know about you? I have two daughters and four grandchildren and love being with them and making things for them. I am currently making the grandchildrens’ Halloween costumes.
What were you like in high school? I was a Follow The Rules Nerd…I loved school!
What interests do you pursue outside of your professional life? I am active in my church, I love to knit and do other crafts, I enjoy letting a book take me anywhere, I still visit the town we lived in for 29 years each month.