Jill has been teaching at the Oakland school since we opened it some six years ago. She is one of the most authentic co-researchers I have ever watched engage with young children. She was good enough to go first in this experiment – further proof of her game dedication to the process!
What is the best part of the day? The worst??
“I love it all. I wake up every day thinking about what I’m going to get to do with my young friends. The only thing I don’t care for is when dissent sets in. When there is some discord in the air …. those times when there is a seemingly intractable problem that keeps everyone from having a good time. ”
What was a “magic” moment for you as a teacher?
“Sam explaining exactly how he figured out how to build his working fan on the electric circuit board. It was toward the end of the first take-apart project when the kids were becoming interested in how to make the things they had taken apart work again. Another example was when I realized that the natural materials was becoming a beautiful and long lasting form of expression. They did far more with that than I ever would have imagined.”
“At first, because I was able to bring my own young children …but I’ve stuck around for the philosophy and awesome people!”
“Plenty of good, strong coffee and knowing I’m going to learn something new and have fun in the process.”
What are your favorite books? As a kid and as an adult.
Trumpet of the Swan & Lord of the Rings
One thing you’d really want to have with you on a deserted island.
“A lifetime supply of chocolate … oh, and a Labrador puppy!”
What are your hobbies?
“Practicing and teaching Karate” (she’s a black belt!) “Hiking and camping with my family.”
Sports teams you root for?
“What is your special gift?”
“An abiding sense of wonder and joy.”