An elementary school administrator for the past eight years, Hunt was most recently with Williamson County Schools serving as the principal at Westwood Elementary School, an appointment she has filled since 2018. While under Hunt’s leadership, Westwood was twice named a Tennessee Reward School, an award given to schools that are improving in terms of achievement or growth for all students and student groups. Westwood received the award in both categories of achievement and growth both years. During her time at Westwood, Hunt mentored newly hired teachers and facilitated continued professional education for teaching staff in data analysis to individualize instruction for students.
"From our first conversation, I was impressed with the passion Jill brings to primary education. She has a dual focus, combining student academic growth with an engaging, joyful environment,” states Dr. Brad Schultz, Lipscomb Academy head of school. “Jill’s experience in elementary education administration will continue the momentum of academic excellence at the lower school and cross-campus collaboration.”
Prior to her tenure at Westwood, Hunt served in several capacities in Hickman County Schools, including principal at Centerville Elementary School and assistant principal at East Hickman Intermediate School. As an administrator, she steered Centerville Elementary to achieve Level 5 growth in literacy and numeracy, implemented a new phonemic awareness curriculum for students, and created a STEM laboratory to inspire creative problem solving.
"I am excited to be a part of Lipscomb Academy where the mindset to educate children incorporates social, emotional, and spiritual learning equally with academics,” said Hunt. “I believe all children should love to come to school. When a child’s school becomes his or her ‘happy place,’ student academic and social growth can be accelerated. Likewise, when school staff members feel valued and believe they are a part of something bigger than themselves, success for students is inevitable. And, I am ready to call Lipscomb my new ‘happy place’ for many years to come.”
Hunt began her teaching career at East Hickman and Centerville elementary schools with a combined five years in kindergarten and first grade. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in child and family studies and education from Freed-Hardeman University and a Master of Education in administration and supervision degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
Hunt will begin work as Lipscomb Academy’s associate head of lower school on Monday, June 13, 2022.