For the past seven years, Jill has served as the PreK- 4th grade Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor for the Putnam County School System in Cookeville, Tennessee. During this time, she has made strengthening Tier 1 literacy instruction and the use of strong high-quality instructional materials a priority. Working with partners such as TN SCORE and TNTP, as well as networking with other districts across the state, her district is moving the needle on positive student outcomes in reading proficiency. Jill is also a certified LETRS trainer and a member of several local, state and national organizations that promote literacy.
Jill previously worked as the Principal of Algood Elementary, serving a large staff and a student population of over 600 students. During her time there, the school was visited by Governor and First Lady Haslam, who conducted round-table discussions with teachers, parents and students. Before leaving, Algood was recognized by the state as a Reward School for excellent student growth.
Jill is most proud of the 20 years she spent in the classroom as a teacher, before moving into an administrative role. A majority of her career was spent in an elementary classroom where she learned that high expectations teamed with good instruction leads to engaged students and positive outcomes. She feels privileged to be able to use that knowledge and experience to support teachers and schools as they continue to grow and improve.
Hear from Jill
Jill shared Putnam’s curriculum journey in a column for The 74, Curriculum Case Study: How One District Tackled 38% Reading Proficiency With Content-Rich Curriculum — ‘It Feels as Though the Ship Has Turned’.
Jill is delighted to speak about any of Putnam’s experience with high-quality curriculum adoption and particularly welcomes the opportunity to speak about the development of foundational (literacy) skills with the use of CKLA.