Creative coursework paired with data-driven instruction have created a formula for success in Jillian Brickley’s fifth-grade classroom. Ms. Brickley’s students outperform other fifth-grade classes throughout the state, averaging four to five percentage points higher in math proficiency. On state assessments, her students score averages 74% percent proficient or advanced in math, well above state averages. Serving as either a Data and Technology Coordinator, Science Curriculum Developer, District Professional Development Committee Member, Student Council Advisor or Head Coach, Ms. Brickley works closely with both the student body and faculty with ease. As a strong proponent of TERC, independent research-based organization specializing in math and science instruction practices, she has introduced its processes for data analysis to school staff and assisted in implemented the system school and district wide. Through an effective combination of project-based learning and analyzing student assessments, Ms. Brickley’s stimulating curricula is providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to ask questions, solve problems and increase academic achievement. She creates units of study where multiple subjects can be taught through a common theme, such as her Earth Day unit. Students are assigned professions, such as an architect, policy maker or engineer and asked to discuss and research how the profession will impact the environment from a scientific and social perspective. Ms. Brickley also takes on various roles in her classroom, dressing up and role playing important historical and literary figures to whom students pose questions. As dedicated as she is inventive in the classroom, she also tutors students diligently before and after school during the year and even during summer vacations.
2014 Lowell Milken Center Fellow
2010 Teacher Recognition by The National Honor Society Nashua Chapter
2010 N.H. State Teacher of the Year Nominee
2009 Excellence in Teaching, Presented by The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
2011 - 2022 Athletic Head Coach - Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Cross country
2004 - 2022 Boston Bruins I.C.E. School Curriculum Development Committee
2001 B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies in Elementary Education - Radford University