Jill Block

VICE PRIN­CI­PAL

The Kids Post - - Private Education Guide 2014 -

J ill Block is the Vice Prin­ci­pal at Wil­low­Wood, and has been a teacher for 36 years. Her in­spi­ra­tion to en­ter a ca­reer in Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion was prompted by one of her first stu­dents.

“He was a bright grade 3 stu­dent who did not learn in a typ­i­cal way. He mo­ti­vated me to learn more about learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, and con­tin­ues to in­spire me to this day,” she says.

One of her fond­est mem­o­ries as an ed­u­ca­tor came early on in her ca­reer from an­other young stu­dent. She was in grade 1 and was clas­si­fied as learn­ing dis­abled, with so­cial anx­i­ety that made it hard for her to leave home ev­ery day.

“Af­ter pick­ing her up for school each morn­ing for a pe­riod of time, she was able to come to school with­out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing too much stress. This, along with the Wil­low­Wood nur­tur­ing touch pro­vided her with suf­fi­cient trust in us to do what we do best.”

That stu­dent now has a PhD in Law and con­tin­ues to visit the school and its up­com­ing grad­u­ates.

For Block, the most im­por­tant part of her day is in­ter­act­ing with her stu­dents – both sup­port­ing and help­ing them process sit­u­a­tions in the world

around them.

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