Hola! My name is Jen. I have lived in Seattle with my son Oliver and dog Darwin for the last four years, but we are originally from Illinois. We enjoy baking, crafting, having dance parties, reading, and outdoor adventures! Every day, I am inspired by Oliver’s curiosity for the world. This helped me look towards a career in early childhood education as I feel completely transparent when working with children. I started my Early Childhood Education journey in 2019 and I am currently working on obtaining my Bachelor’s in this field. While working at Hilltop, I hope to continue to grow both personally and professionally.
Jill C. (she/her)
I grew up in Vancouver, B.C., where I graduated from Capilano University in British Columbia, completing my BA in Early Childhood Care and Education. Since 2008, I have been in the childcare and education field. From my time in school and being with young children, I’ve grown a deep passion for advocating for the rights of children, as well as creating a platform for children’s perspectives. With them, I believe we are co-researchers, co-learners, and co-constructors of their knowledge. At the same time, I value the various needs of the children and families, especially building trusting and caring relationships with them. I try my best to introduce unique learning experiences to children’s environments, especially by incorporating music and songs. My hope is to model and invoke a spark in children, families and educators to think in progressive ways that truly focus on quality, equality, and equity within childcare settings. Aside from my work with children, I enjoy singing, dancing, spending time with loved ones, trying new things in the greater Seattle area, and going back home to Vancouver to eat ALL the food, especially sushi!
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and I love the blues, grays, and greens we’re surrounded by here. I am always on the lookout for slugs, snails, whales, and seals. I lived in Northern Colorado for 11 years which is where I earned my dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development & Family Studies. I have been in the classroom since 2010 and at Hilltop since 2015.
I have spent the vast majority of my career in play-based and Reggio inspired classrooms. Learning that is founded on genuine relationships and meaningful explorations gives context and stays with us. I strive to give my students what they need to grow into their strengths and share those strengths with their community.
I am invested in anti-bias and anti-racist education – both in my personal work and in the classroom. With children, this means honoring differences and similarities, sharing stories of fairness and unfairness, and empowering them to have an impact.
At home, I live with my husband and two fluffy black cats. We love exploring Seattle, especially the food and music scenes. In my personal time, I read, go to the beach, camp, and connect with loved ones near and far.