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    Hello Hawks! This is my 19th year at Hillview as a 6th grade science teacher, and my 21st year teaching. We've got a fantastic school, amazing administration, wonderful teachers and staff, a great parent community, and awesome students! I feel blessed to be part of this community.


    Although I've had a rich and varied professional career, my true love is teaching science to 6th graders. Prior to coming to Hillview, I was a naturalist at Outdoor Ed, a science teacher at the Randall Museum in San Francisco, an environmental trainer for an environmental consulting firm, an instructor for the Outward Bound School in Zimbabwe, Africa, I also taught math and English at Burlingame Intermediate School for two years.


    I am an avid Stanford fan as I received my BA in Human Biology from Stanford University, with an emphasis in environmental science. My science teaching credential, which includes a middle school emphasis, was earned at San Francisco State University. I have a master's degree in Natural Science from San Jose State University. I am currently working on my CA Administrative Services Credential, so that I can move into administration in the future.


    I love working with teachers as well as kids. I have been a faculty mentor to pre-service science teachers at Notre Dame University for the last two years. For a few years I left the classroom to serve as a Science Resource Teacher for the Partnership for Student Success in Science ("PS Cubed"), which was funded by the National Science Foundation. While there I developed and implemented professional development for 200 science teachers in nine school districts.


    I love to swim, bicycle, hike, and play guitar. I love cycling so much that I've ridden my bicycle down the Pacific Coast from Vancouver, BC to Santa Barbara, CA, as well as all around Europe, Burma (Myanmar), Italy, and India. I have 9 year-old twin boys, and my husband Tim is also a teacher (computer science) at Abbott Middle School in San Mateo. I am part of a spiritual community, and I practice yoga and meditation.


    The best way to reach me is by email at jhilborn@mpcsd.org. I generally return all emails within one working day.


    I am looking forward to a great year!