Jill Lackner

Jill Lackner - Outstanding First Grade Teacher!
Jill is a first grade teacher at Bay View Elementary in Proctor School District. Jill was nominated because she works well with a big team of professionals and seeks out other team members to assist with programming for students with special needs. She goes above and beyond for all her students. 

Jill has had the privilege of teaching first grade at Bay View Elementary since 2013. Before that, she enjoyed working as a Reading and Math Specialist for Duluth Public Schools and taught middle school Science and first grade at Banaadir Academy in the Minnesota Somali community in Minneapolis. Additionally, she served as the Education Director for the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Cruz, California. 

In December of 2008, Jill graduated from St. Scholastica with a Bachelors in Elementary and Middle School Education with a Science Concentration. In spring of 2019, she graduated with her Master of Education degree with a Certificate in Literacy Instruction from St. Scholastica. Currently, she is working towards expanding her expertise by completing the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) program which teaches in-depth knowledge in the science of reading.

Jill's favorite part of teaching is the kids. She loves the “class family” they create each year in which all students feel loved, safe, included, and accepted, have high expectations, and value learning. She is extremely passionate about sharing a love of reading with her students and building a strong literacy foundation for all to grow from and to be successful in both school and life. Jill loves taking students on adventures in reading by making their read aloud stories “come alive” and by having students participate in activities that build character and lifelong memories. 

Jill and her husband live in Duluth, MN with their dog, Arya. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, gardening, practicing yoga, hiking, reading, and traveling. While traveling abroad, she had the privilege of visiting different schools and partnering with them to do art exchanges and lead supply drives for those in need. 

Congratulations Jill!