Jill’s calling as an educator began in 1989 as a math and science teacher and dance and cross country coach. She has a bachelors degree from the University of Washington in Chemistry with two minors, one in Mathematics and the other in Earth Science. She also earned her Masters in Education and her Principal Certification from the Danforth program in Educational Leadership and Policy studies at the University of Washington. In 2003, she completed her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the UW. She has a passion for learning and helping others learn. She has taught math, earth science, chemistry and dance for eight years and has been an administrator for nineteen years. She was part of a core team of teachers to open Jackson High School in the Everett School district. Jackson was designed on the Ten Common Principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools. She is steeped in Essential School philosophy and have a strong background in helping students use their minds well by developing habits of mind, heart and work. She is proud to be in her 8th year at Nathan Hale High School, an Essential School helping ALL students become honorable, thinking, skillful citizens.