Get To Know: Jill Speckert, 6th Grade Teacher

  • Just For Fun

At each of our assemblies, the 6th Grade randomly draws the name of one of our fabulous faculty members to pick a Teacher of the Week! We're excited to share a profile of each of these teachers as they are recognized (questions have been contributed by our current 3rd Graders).

Meet Jill!

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I am a proud St. Louis native. I lived here until I finished my undergrad. After graduation I packed my bags and moved to Dallas, TX to be closer to one of my brothers and his two young daughters. My love for my family drew me to Texas and 17 years later it drew me back to St. Louis. Family is my world.  

What words best describe you? 

Passionate, organized, and energetic

How long have you been at New City School and what did you do before coming here?

This is my first year at New City School. Prior to NCS I served a local district in Texas as a teacher, instructional coach, school administrator and district administrator. 

What do you like to do when you're not at New City?

I love to work in the yard! I can be found working in the yard from sunup to sundown when the weather is good. The only thing that will keep me from spending my whole weekend in the yard is a family BBQ or my nephew’s games.

What did 10-year-old you want to be when you grew up? 

I wanted to be a surgeon. I am not sure what started it but I was fascinated with the idea of doing knee surgeries. This all changed when I realized I was not a big fan of blood and needles!

What is your ideal vacation? 

Anywhere new - I love walking around new areas and absorbing the people and atmosphere. 

What is something that most people don't know about you? 

I am most proud to be an aunt and great aunt. I have three nieces and four nephews that mean the world to me! These seven are my world. I would do anything for them and love to watch them grow. The youngest is 11 and I love to watch him play sports. My oldest niece is a mother so I am now a proud great aunt too! Her daughter is the BEST!

What does MI mean to you?

MI means uniqueness to me. My grandmother used to always remind me that variance in thought and interests is what makes the world great. She captured MI with this thought. We all think, learn, play and interact differently. MI provides us a framework to understand and develop our uniqueness.

If you could be an animal, what would it be and why?

Maybe a dog so I can be a part of a family, get lots of treats and run in the yard.

What is your favorite dessert?

I love all things sugary! No question about it, icing is the best part of any dessert.

What kind of music do you like?

Country...Texas rubbed off on me! 

What else do you want people to know?

My words to live by are a phrase my grandmother used to say to me. She is not the author of the phrase but she taught me the power of growth and regularly inspired me to grow with these words, “Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.”