Employee of the Month
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Jill Koehler
Working with children in a middle school setting can be challenging, even on a good day. By their sheer nature, adolescents can be moody, curious, delightful, sarcastic, pleasant and crass – all in the span of one class period! Add to that, special needs and sometimes poverty, and you have the makeup of the children that our Employee of the Month works with every single school day.
Jill Koehler, Teacher’s Assistant at Old Mill Middle School North, has a can-do attitude. She works to find solutions in some of the most challenging situations. She is pro-active in her approaches to keep her students in class and engaged. Her ability to adapt to circumstances with sarcasm, humor, empathy or clarity make her a huge asset to Old Mill Middle North and its students.
Jill goes above and beyond her duties on a daily basis and is so much more than a Teacher’s Assistant. She consistently gives her students the emotional and academic supports they require to be successful. She treats all students with respect and dignity, while making sure that her students are held accountable for their learning and their behavior. She greets everyone with a smile and she is a cheerleader for all those who cross her path.
Working in a middle school can be as awkward as the physical development of its students! Ms. Koehler is always willing to jump into those awkward moments with a high level of professionalism. She interacts professionally with teachers, administrators, support staff, bus drivers and custodians to provide support for the students she serves. She meets with parents as new students arrive to the school and ensures that the students know that she is there for them. Jill’s willingness to pitch in and help with whatever task or assignment she is asked to perform is without measure. She is an invaluable member of the Special Education Department and the entire school.
Jill Koehler – you are a pillar of support that helps shape the climate and the culture of Old Mill Middle North. You were born to work with children and that is evident through the way students gravitate to you for help, care and support.
So, on behalf of the Board of Education, the students, teachers and staff of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, we congratulate you on being selected Employee of the Month for December 2018!