All of the following anecdotes were taken with permission of my former colleagues. (Contact information is available upon request.) I am humbled and honored to read their thoughts about my classroom.
Jillian is an extremely creative and inspired teacher. She collaborates well with her colleagues, offers ideas, shares her IT skills and supports others readily. She designs activities that are engaging, challenging, significant and relevant. She assesses students in an authentic and transparent manner. Her preparation for teaching, the amount of time she devotes and her organisational skills are outstanding…She enjoys participating in all curricular and educational issues and contributes to her teaching team through her creativity, efficiency and proactive nature. Jillian’s teaching environment is a pleasure to visit. The students are actively engaged and have a clear idea of expectations as well as the opportunity for open ended, differentiated tasks…Jillian has good relations with all, is gentle and kind and takes time to listen to others. She makes others feel valued and worthwhile.
-Linda Koseoglu, former colleague, 5th Grade Teacher, SEV Uskudar Elementary
Jill is friendly, knowledgeable, and a very hard worker. She always handles herself with composure. She has wonderful relationships with her students. They work hard for her and they are motivated to meet her expectations. I think of Jill as my mentor.
-Kayla Swanton, colleague, 5th Grade Teacher, SEV Uskudar Elementary
-Caroline Yeryomenko, former colleague, 7th-8th Grade Welcome Room, Montebello School
I have been lucky to witness the magic of Jill’s classroom! It doesn’t matter the size, shape, location of the class, or the diversity amongst her students, she can transform any classroom into one of respect and compassion. She builds a classroom culture of creativity and curiosity, that gives an overwhelming desire to learn and achieve more. She has a unique ability to tap into what makes each student “tick” in her classroom. All students are engaged in her lesson because of the genuine investment she makes to each and every student.
-Dinae Geer, former colleague, 5th Grade Teacher, Montebello School