Jillian is excited to bring her passion for literacy education and instructional management expertise to Lavinia Group. She has a wide range of middle grade instructional experience, having taught ELA for grades 5-8 at two different middle schools in New York City. As a teacher at Girls Prep Bronx Middle School, her 8th graders were among the highest performing in the network, with 86% scoring proficient on the state ELA exam. She then moved into a school leadership role, where she oversaw the implementation of Lavinia Group’s Close Reading program and a guided reading block at her school. Through the implementation and instructional management of these programs, ELA proficiency scores rapidly grew by 20%. Most recently, she served as a school leader at a high school in Philadelphia where she helped facilitate the adaptation to virtual learning during the 20-21 school year. Jillian holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from New York University as well as a master’s degree in education from Relay Graduate School of Education.