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