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Jill Ackers National Faculty

Jill is currently the director of a Spanish Immersion PBL school. Her teaching career began using PBL to teach math. She later moved to technology, as the Technology Director and K-8th teacher. While earning her CCNA & MCSE certifications, she managed the school’s networks, taught K-8 tech, and served on the school board. Jill worked in KIPP schools as their Technology Director and middle school tech teacher. She led technology professional development workshops for the teachers and managed two KIPP school’s technology networks. Jill was a founding member of a K-12 International Baccalaureate Urban STEM school. As the IB Coordinator, her role was to strategically plan the school culture, conduct teacher evaluations, and design the professional development; leading to the school’s official IB World School authorization. She helped create and teach at Southern Methodist University’s first urban principal Master’s Degree program to transform public urban schools & leaders.

Jill is a life-long learner passionate about teacher development and authentic learning to promote critical thinking. Her PBL focus revolves around school design and transformational leadership.