Jill is proud to have been a part of Hillside for the past eight years. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 1996, she moved to San Francisco, and went to work in the field of advertising. She quickly realized that this was not where her passion lay, made the switch to teaching, and got a job with Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. After three valuable and rewarding years there, Jill decided to go back to school and get her teaching credential and Master’s degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University. While doing this, she also taught third grade at Charles Armstrong School, a school in the Bay Area for students with learning differences. Here she learned and implemented the Slingerland program, which is based on Orton-Gillingham methodology.
After teaching there for four years and completing her graduate program, she had her first baby, and moved back to the Boulder area. Jill enjoyed being at home with her son for the first two years of parenthood, and then found Hillside.
Having worked in a variety of settings that successfully serve the dyslexic learner, she can confidently say that the Hillside program is, in her opinion, the most effective and rewarding way of delivering lasting instruction. She is proud to be a part of a program that not only provides skills remediation, but also encourages the development of confident learners who are aware of their strengths and challenges and know how to advocate for their particular learning needs. For her, being a part of this growth in a student’s self-awareness and confidence is the most exciting part of teaching.
When she is not teaching, she enjoys living in Louisville, CO with her son Darren, daughter Joey, and their dog, Roxy.