What we know matters,
but who we are matters more.
Perhaps an unusual quote for a teacher, but I feel strongly about this. I want to encourage my students’ minds to think and their hands to create, but I also want to encourage their hearts to love. As educators, the future of the world sits in our classrooms. We cannot afford to present only facts and information. We must inspire them to be mindful and curious… to look beyond the surface… and to appreciate the innate beauty and value of all things (especially themselves). Children who understand empathy and compassion become more tolerant and respectful; human beings who are able to relate to others in an increasingly complex world.
My name is Jill Triptow, and I love being a part of the incredible community at Ascent Academy Lehi. Originally, I’m from Michigan. I wish I could tell you that I’ve always wanted to teach, but medicine was my childhood dream. I started out as a pre-med major at Michigan State University (Go Spartans!), received my degree from Brigham Young University, and then spent several years living in Nashville, Tennessee. Instead of continuing my journey in medicine, I became a mom! I’ve been blessed with four amazing children, all of whom are now adults. As motherhood required less of my time and energy, I found myself spending more and more time volunteering at school. Drawn by the laughter and playfulness of the children, I decided to get a teaching license. My heart found its home within the walls of a school, and I’ve been a Husky ever since. This will be my sixth year teaching 6th grade at Ascent.