Mentor Teachers

Emily (she/her)

Emily (she/her)

Mentor Teacher

I have been working with children and families in a variety of capacities for 23 years- 13 of those have been at Hilltop- as a preschool teacher, a toddler teacher, and more recently as a mentor teacher. I tend to learn through experiences, through challenging myself, and through being challenged by others. Some things I enjoy about my current role are being an advocate for everyone, offering different perspectives, guiding learning dispositions, and supporting educators in all the aspects of their important work.  A teacher once told me she described my work to a child as, “she takes care of teachers,” and I really like that description. My current focus is on finding and maintaining a balance between supporting strengths and supporting challenges held by our educators, between offering teaching and coaching based on individual or team needs, between spending time in classrooms and time on other tasks my role entails, and between helping Hilltop grow and letting Hilltop grow me.
Trudy (she/her)

Trudy (she/her)

Mentor Teacher

I have been working with children, families and educators for nearly 20 years. I believe in relationship-based education…that we each learn in relationship with other people, with ourselves and in relationship with the physical world surrounding us. I believe in the capability of people of all ages and I believe that collaborative, respectful partnerships support all of us in learning more. I continue to learn about each classrooms’ strengths and challenges, as I collaborate with both young learners and older learners (aka educators), to support their exploration and discovery. I bring my passion for constructivist education and collaborative problem solving along with my joy for exploring educational strategies. You may see me sitting quietly at the edge of a classroom observing or engaging in play with children as I follow them into their investigations. You may hear me being curious alongside educators as we reflect upon your children’s learning together. I am inspired by young children’s perspectives, adult interpretations and curiosities surrounding children’s learning, and the creativity possible in open atmospheres. I’m always up for a trek into the wilderness, who knows what we might discover together!