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Jill Wilkins

Hello, Lovejoy Leopards, Family and Friends,

I am beginning my 14th year teaching English/Language Arts/Reading and Social Studies in 4th Grade. Fourth Graders are the best! They like school and their teachers, and they are warm, friendly and funny! I keep my own 4th Grade school picture in my room so that I can remind myself how much I wanted to please my teachers and learn something new everyday.

My real growth as a writing teacher began after attending the The Abydos Summer Institute in 2006. Abydos (The New Jersey Writing Project of Texas) is founded on brain-based research and believes in the basics of writing and reading as processes, grammar taught within that process in systematic, hands-on ways, and using authentic strategies and authentic student writing - not just worksheets. Bottom line: I write along side my students and share my own struggles and growth as a writer.

I want to thank my Lovejoy community for supporting The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools - and specifically: Learning @ Lovejoy - and bringing the very best professional development to teachers in our district. I am grateful for the opportunities to learn from some of the brightest stars of education each summer. In fact, I often attend many more hours than the requirement, because I am constantly challenged to rethink and 'tweek' my lessons to do what's best for my students.

My family is my greatest support system. My husband Paul and I have been married for 35 years. We have 3 sons. Our oldest is married and we love our dear daughter-in-law, and our two grandchildren: Makennah is 8 and is in 3rd Grade, and Colin is 5 in October. Our middle son is having an adventure, or two in Australia with the tourist industry. Our youngest is 2013 graduate of Lovejoy High School and is a Junior this year at Howard Payne University in Brownwood.

I love living and working in the best school district in Texas! I am blessed to get to walk to school each day, and seeing 'my kids' - current and past - everywhere I go in Allen and throughout the metroplex!