Jill Hewlett is an enthusiastic, hard-working, selfless teacher, friend, and coworker. She always puts her students and coworkers ahead of herself. Jill's students are so lucky to have her as a teacher. She puts 110% into her job and makes sure that every student gets what he or she needs. One look at the students' faces when Jill is teaching and it is apparent that she has them hooked into a love of learning. The entire Birchwood staff is blessed to work with Jill. She goes out of her way to help any member of the staff who might need it. Her wealth of knowledge in education along with being tech savvy make her a huge asset to the teaching community. She is able to build confidence in even the most technically challenged person.
Aside from being a fantastic teacher, Jill is also involved in multiple extracurricular activities. Jill is a member of the Policy Board Committee, has served as tech mentor at Birchwood, new teacher mentor, and has been on multiple hiring committees. Jill has also taught many classes for the Teacher Center, sharing tools and strategies on implementing technology into learning. Even with all of those activities to keep her busy, Jill still finds time to coach girls' soccer and lacrosse teams and has been a positive role model to her student athletes. All of these activities added on to anyone else's day could make their head spin, but for Jill, they only seem to make her that much more amazing at her job.
The South Huntington community is a better place because she is a part of it and the district is blessed to have such a talented educator. It seems more than appropriate that Jill Hewlett receive the honor of this year's Birchwood Teacher of the Year.