Jenny Hill is a wife, mother of two children in our public schools, and owner of Papercut Interactive, a 17-year-old tech company in Chattanooga. Deemed a “firecracker” by EDGE Magazine, she is a skilled communicator who identifies the necessary details in big ideas to simplify them and make things happen.
Jenny is a member and trustee of Hixson United Methodist Church. She is a community volunteer, serving as Board Chairperson for Metropolitan Ministries (MetMin). She is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga and served as Vice President of Programming for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce North Chattanooga Council. She is an avid reader, a mediocre CrossFitter, a restorative yoga enthusiast, and a mighty fine cook.
I believe we must elevate education in Hamilton County.
Every school in Hamilton County should be a high-performing school. Magnet schools and charter schools are great options for some students, but we shouldn’t rely on them to bring excellence to our districts. Every zoned school should be a school parents can trust to prepare their kids for the future.
Every child in Hamilton County deserves a great education. Every child in Hamilton County matters and should be supported with programming and resources to reach their highest potential. We must provide equitable opportunities for students regardless of their learning differences or zip code.
Our leadership needs a common vision and plan for the future. From understanding facilities and staffing needs to creating a culture where our schools – and the students and teachers within them – are celebrated, our Central Office, School Board, County Commission, and County Mayor need to unite in support of equitable, excellent education for our children.
We need highly effective teachers and principals in our schools, and our compensation strategy must align with our goals. From hiring new teachers to encouraging top-performers to stay in our classrooms, Hamilton County needs better salaries and more thoughtful benefits packages to recruit and retain the nation’s best teaching staff.
Elevate Hamilton County.
Hamilton County schools should be Chattanooga’s crowning achievement. Our industry, our waterfront, our innovation district, and our arts programs are worthless if our community's children cannot read and our graduates are unprepared to enter the workforce. Our schools should be the preferred educational option for our community – so good that our own county and city leaders choose to send their children to our schools.
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