Jill Simpson

World Languages - German
Health
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I have been a teacher for a very long time: this is my 25th year in the classroom!  

My kids and stepkids are all grown up, ranging in age from 20-31.  My husband and I have four rescue dogs that we enjoy walking and playing with every day.  

I have bachelor's degrees in education and allied medical professions (occupational therapy) along with a master's degree in teacher leadership.  

I love teaching German, because knowing another language opens so many exciting doors in life!  I also find learning about other cultures fascinating.  I love teaching health, because it keeps ME learning about all the ways I can keep myself healthy in the long run.  

My favorite book is How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger.  It was a life-changing book for me, and I refer to it often.  In general, if I choose a book, it is non-fiction.    If I am going to read fiction, it is to learn something about someone different from me; for example, I recently read Symptoms of Being Human, which is about a gender-fluid teenager.  

I am an avid dog walker with my husband, and also enjoy knitting and gardening.  My garden this summer features a LOT of greens, and I've been eating kale and collard greens almost daily in one form or another.  

My classroom is a safe space for learning and sharing.  I value the voice that each person brings to class, and I love to learn each day alongside my students.  The day I don't learn something new is a wasted day of life.  And life is too precious to waste even one day!