After graduating from Normandale, Jill continued her education at the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. As she worked for Thiele Technologies Inc. as a Senior R&D Design Engineer, Jill developed a great ability to instruct other personnel in the manufacturing of products as well as developing and conducting training classes for the sales and customer service teams.
Her teaching ability, along with a passion to recruit more women and people of color into the field of engineering, led Jill to a program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW is a national, not-for-profit educational program that helps give middle and high school students the rigorous ground-level education they need to develop strong backgrounds in math, science and engineering.
While at PLTW, Jill has worked diligently to bring new learning opportunities for both the students of Minneapolis and Saint Paul schools. She was instrumental in implementing the Engineering Academy at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis and the Career Pathway Academy at St. Paul College. She serves as mentor and coach for the Henry High School FIRST Robotic team.
Jill has been recognized by the National PLTW organization as a Master Teacher, a distinction held by few individuals. She continues to work at Saint Paul College, developing and redesigning the pre-engineering and engineering technology programs.