Community April 03, 2014
Jill Clark (Education)

One of the first things you notice about Mrs. Clark, as the students call her, is her enthusiastic nature. Jill simply exudes a passion for life and for people, which is evident as soon as you meet her. So there’s little doubt as to why Jill is such a beloved and well-respected teacher. 

How long have you been teaching?

Almost 25 years. I love my job.

Why did you become a teacher?

My mom was a teacher and my role model. I love school and love to be a student of life. 

What are the keys to being a good teacher?

Knowing, understanding and loving the students. That’s all it takes, that and having the energy to make learning fun and exciting.

What has been your greatest teaching achievement so far? 

Every time I see that light bulb go on for a kid. That’s what it’s all about.

What’s the best part about teaching at Wood River Middle School?

Being part of a small, close-knit team of individuals that works together to help and teach students.

Any tips for new teachers? 

Plan well and learn to balance your teaching so the students are doing more of the work than you are. Kids need to assess and reflect upon their own work.

Who is your biggest influence?

My mom.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

CloverLeaf Creamery’s coffee.

Who is your hero? 

Bob Knoebel (a local fishing guide and youth education chair for the Hemingway chapter of Trout Unlimited) because he’s so giving to other people. He’s so kind, helpful and knowledgeable.  

Favorite “kids’” meal? 

Spaghetti.

Your motto?

“Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.”

Favorite activities?

Fly fishing, hunting (I just started this year), gardening, fly tying, sewing.

Favorite movie?

“Mrs. Doubtfire.”

Favorite book?

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and my favorite new read is your book (“Angling Around Sun Valley”).

Who are your favorite musicians?

My dad, Gene Loranger, and my son, Christopher.

Where would you love to visit?

Patagonia.