Who We Are: Faculty Spotlight
Who We are: Faculty Spotlight
Mrs. Downey, 5th Grade
Growing up, my brother and I could count on a few things that didn’t change: dad was commuting to Boeing before we were awake, our family of four went to church on Sunday and Wednesdays, and dad’s chess board was on the table right after dinner. Many years later, I found myself working for Chess4Life teaching chess to preschoolers. For the last three years I’ve been writing and presenting chess curriculum that is being used in Washington Head Start and ECEAP classes, as well as around the country. I don’t always win when I play, but I always learn. Doesn’t that sound like something a soccer coach would say? Well, we did that too.
TBS has always been part of our family. My parents made it a priority that my younger brother and I attend a Bible based school. Phil and I are both “lifers.” We were on the class list as kindergartners and then moved the tassel as graduating seniors. My parents knew that as kids, we needed to hear a similar, Bible based message from our teachers, coaches, and pastors. The outside influences were all reinforcing our family belief system. Patrick is a proud Lakes Lancer and our original plan was for our son to attend the best public school in the area, so we moved to University Place. Jackson attended school there for several years, until God moved us. At the same time Jackson was attending public school, I was teaching at a local independent school. The curriculum I was required to teach, and the working environment were both mirroring the selfish and sinful world. God moved me out of that school and placed me in 5th grade at TBS. Jackson visited shortly after and we haven’t looked back, except to give thanks for God’s hand in our lives.
You are amazing Jill! We are blessed and thankful to have you at TBS! Thank you for who you are, your caring and faithful heart, and for all that you do!
You are the best Jill!
We are very blessed and grateful for you taking such a crucial role in our children’s lives. Thank you for sharing your story.
I’ve said it to many people, many times! Jill is a master teacher with one of the most well-managed classrooms I’ve ever been in, and I’ve been in a lot of classrooms! TBS is blessed to have teachers like Mrs. Downey who love the Lord, their students and their calling!
WOW. Just WOW Jill! You continue to amaze me. As someone already wrote you are a master teacher. And now I learn you are also a gifted writer. Thanks for daily inspiring me to be a better teacher. I thank God for bringing our paths together again after 25 years. Blessings!