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Jessica Mountz, Director of College and Academic Services

Meet Jessica Mountz, Upper School Academic Counselor.
Q. Where are you from? 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Q. Where was your first position in education? 
My first position in education was at Pennsville Memorial High School is Pennsville, NJ. 

Q. What is your background in teaching? 
I have 15 years of teaching experience

Q. What are you most looking forward to? 
I am looking forward to developing new curriculum for the college preparatory classes and collaborating with Mrs. Murao as we continue to serve the students and prepare them for college.  

Q. What are three words that people use to describe you? 
Organized, friendly, accomodating 

Q. What is your best personal achievement? 
I earned "Hybrid Teacher of the Year" in 2015 for my achievements in hybrid learning. 
  • An educational system that creates dynamic learning and customized instruction
  • Designed to improve academic achievement by increasing student involvement and motivation
  • Teaching and learning system that rotates students to different learning stations that include digital (independent), collaborative, and direct (face-to-face with teacher) instruction
Q. What was the biggest motivation for taking this position? 
I love a challenge and Academic Counselor allows me a new opportunity while still working with students. 

Q. What is your favorite thing about your career in education? 
Working in education allows me to be creative and teach/share my passions with students. 

Q. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. 

Q. What are some goals you have for this school year? 
I want to establish a trusting relationship with students, parents, and teachers.

Q. What is your favorite thing about working with students? 
I enjoy watching them learn and grow academically and emotionally. 

Q. Name a challenge you have overcome:
It may seem small, but the process of moving to Hawaii (including quarantine for our dogs) away from family and friends was a challange. 

Q. Fun fact about yourself:
I have a twin brother! 

Q. Best piece of advice you could give:
Give glory to God in all things! 

About Hanalani Schools

Now celebrating 65 years of academic excellence, Hanalani Schools strives to develop students’ intellectual, emotional, and spiritual capacities in a wide variety of fields and to provide children with opportunities to hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. A curriculum based in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) provides students project-based learning opportunities to explore and discover new ways to make a positive impact in the world. Hanalani Schools is a private, co-ed, Christian, and college-prep school from Preschool to Grade 12 in Mililani, Hawai‘i.
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