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       **University of Texas - M.A. Arts and Humanities

       **Grove City College - B.A. English

  • 2003 - Present  Spain Park High School
  • 1998 - 2003      Jefferson State Community College
  • 1988 - 1997      Hoover High School/Berry High School
  • 1983 - 1985      Mt. Pleasant High School, Texas


      Jill Sturgeon has always enjoyed books, reading, and teaching.  She has had a chalkboard and "students" (stuffed animals, dolls, and a little brother) ever since she was five years old!  Jill was born in Pittsburgh, PA, then moved to Birmingham as a U.S. Steel transplant.  She attended Berry High School through eleventh grade, then moved back to PA for her senior year of high school.  Attending  Grove City College in PA, Jill was an English major, and she was greatly involved in the newspaper and in theater on campus.  Jill's first teaching job was in Mount Pleasant, TX teaching senior English and sponsoring the NHS.  After two years of teaching, she decided to go to school full time for her Master of Arts degree in Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas in Dallas.  To make ends meet, Jill worked part time at the Dallas Symphony as a telemarketer (ask her about it sometime) and was also a faculty assistant in the Translation Center on UTD's campus.

      After graduating from UTD, Jill found her way back to Birmingham and her beloved Berry High to teach during the first year of Hoover City Schools!  She taught 9th grade English and worked with the literary magazine and with the Environs environmental club. Jill had the opportunity to become a Beeson Fellow at the Samford Writing Project and was a part of the Folger Shakespeare Library/Georgetown University month long study on teaching Shakespeare. It was at Berry where she met her precious husband, Richard (or the famous Mr. Sturgeon). In 1994, Jill not only got married but also moved to the new Hoover High School.

      Jill continued to teach English 9 at Hoover High as well as introduced a Shakespeare as Poetry and Performance elective.  In 1997, she left Hoover to spend time with her daughter, Elizabeth.  Working part time at Jefferson State Community College for five years teaching English 093, 101, and 102 was extremely rewarding and allowed more time to be with Elizabeth.  It was in 2003 when Spain Park High School had its first group of seniors that Jill decided to return full time to the teaching field.  She has been teaching English 12 at Spain Park ever since and has added the Shakespeare elective and Dual Enrollment English 12 to her repertoire.  She co-sponsors the Walden Society with Ms. Gillespie and Mr. Mathews. 

      Jill's favorite things besides spending time with her family (including the cat Trumpkin Lewis) and involvement in church  are reading, doll collecting, traveling, and reading!!