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Jill Wilkins

Hello, Lovejoy Leopards, Family and Friends,

I am beginning my 16th year teaching English/Language Arts/Reading 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 37 years. We have 3 sons. Our oldest is married and we love our dear daughter-in-law, and our two grandchildren: Makennah is 10 and is at Sloan Creek, and Colin is in Ms. Harper's First Grade class. Our middle son lives in Denver. Our youngest son, Zach is 2013 graduate of Lovejoy High School, and he graduated this summer from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.

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!