Milken National Educator Awards
Jill Stauffer Kindergarten teacher, Jill Stauffer is a graduate of the College of New Jersey with a bachelors degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She has a masters degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in language arts from William Paterson University. Jill has taught at George Washington Elementary School in Wyckoff for the past 16 years. She began her career as an aide in the third grade and the following year became a third grade teacher. Two years later, she was asked to move to first grade. She found her 11 years as a first grade teacher very rewarding. Wanting to give the children of Wyckoff a solid foundation, she decided to focus her efforts on teaching Kindergarten. Jill has been actively involved as a state mentor and district mentor for her new colleagues. She annually hosts college students for practicum and student teaching experiences. She has been a member of the district Curriculum Council, which is made up of teacher leaders involved in the research of various curriculum areas. Jill has also facilitated the writing of many of the districts curriculum guides. Nurturing and motivating the whole child academically and spiritually into becoming a good citizen and life long learner is the heart of Jill Stauffers educational philosophy.