I was born and raised in Iran. I went to school there and got my BA in Geography from University of Tehran, and then taught Social Sciences in high school for two years before moving to the United States in 1995. When my sons started high school, I started taking classes in Shoreline Community College, then transferred to the University of Washington and received my bachelor’s degree in Educational studies. My life brought me to a local SPP program, my previous preschool site, which introduced the amazing world of young children. I am excited to join the Hilltop team and families. I believe in loving, respecting, and nourishing children to help them grow as confident and trusting individuals who care for themselves as well as for others.
My name is Jacob Black, an early childhood and preschool educator. I always try to remember, every day, that the kids are teaching me just as I am teaching them. Being a teacher is a learning experience like no other, constantly working with kids and developing right alongside them. My tradition over the last few years from wishful high school teacher to a passionate early educator has been because of what my children have taught me. My entire career path and ideas have changed, and I couldn’t possibly be happier. It’s been an incredible journey and I’m excited to keep working in the field and with likeminded teachers. I feel strongly about this work and the preschool and kindergarten ages and am ready to hunker down and work with the kids in an environment of understanding and mutual guidance. I may be teaching the kids, but they’re also reaching out to me and teaching me how best to accommodate them and help them grow.