Jill Friedlander

Jill Friedlander

Hollygrove Lead Teacher - 2nd/3rd Grade


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Jill grew up in Westchester, New York and still enjoys regular visits back to see her family, friends, & dogs, and get a taste of the seasons and a good NY bagel. She attended college at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where she loved working at The Corp, the nation's largest entirely student-owned and operated business, for four years in varying roles for Movie Mayhem (movie rentals), Full Exposure (film development), and Vital Vittles (grocery). It was a very valuable experience as a student and she likes to provide opportunities for her own students to similarly build their sense of independence and empowerment. In 2004, Jill graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender Studies and English. After graduation, Jill moved to Los Angeles to be closer to the beach and her big brother. She has since received her Masters in Education as well as a multiple subject teaching credential with CLAD emphasis through UCLA's Teacher Education Program. She has enjoyed working with students in grades K-5, and loves teaching at Larchmont Charter School, where she is inspired daily by the collaboration and creativity of both students and teachers. In addition to her love of working with children, Jill is passionate about animals, music, cooking, and environmental causes.

Where did you go to school and what was your major?
Georgetown University; English and Gender Studies

What is your highest degree held?
Master of Education

Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
At my exit interview from public relations, my wonderful H.R. manager let me know that teaching aligned better with my personality, according to a recent assessment they'd taken. I tried it out and she was right! I love the daily challenges and rewards, and guiding children to find and follow their own passions.

How long have you been teaching/working in education?
Since 2008

What is your favorite thing about LCS?
I love the 'whole child' approach at LCS and believe in supporting children's social, emotional, and academic growth to help them achieve their individual goals and succeed in all areas of life.

What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
Benny Bakes a Birthday Cake (spoiler alert: the dog eats the cake)