Jill Colby was nominated by her friend, Angela Pedley.
Ms. Colby has always wanted to be a teacher. In high school, she shadowed a kindergarten teacher in the mornings for experience. In college, she earned her degree in education and was exposed to more field work in the classroom. She her first teaching job right after graduation, and after taking some time off to start a family of her own, she started thinking about the fact that there wasn't a Catholic school available in the community.
Ms. Colby wanted to bring something new to the area, so she started the process with her lifelong friend, Mandy Scott. Ms. Colby was put in touch with the Headmaster at Mount Royal Academy, who would soon become her mentor and colleague for the new journey. After months of research and planning, as well as a few events to start fundraising, it all started to become a reality. In the fall of 2018, class was in session for Mount Royal Academy North, the sister school of Mount Royal Academy. The school has since successfully finished its first school year.
Ms. Colby has worked tirelessly to make sure the school got off to a phenomenal start by engaging the community, friends, family, and beyond through fundraisers, open houses, church events, and much more. The support that the community has given in return to her endeavor shows how much they trust and believe in her. They want to see the entire school succeed, and succeed it has!
After its first year, MRA North has plans to grow even more. The school is already making a difference in the lives of the children that attend, and it will continue to do so for years to come. The community needed this school for its ever-growing youth population. Without Ms. Colby putting the original idea into motion, there’s no telling when or if this would have ever of happened.
As Head of School, Ms. Colby has made sure that not only the curriculum gets followed, but that the children enjoy field trips, music, art, and all other areas of enrichment that young minds need to grow and succeed. She is a natural with children and is fueled by watching the students learn and grow with the information and support being shared with them. Ms. Colby is professional and dependable in her leadership role, all while maintaining a soft and nurturing demeanor that all the children love and know her by. She is humble and has given more of herself to this school and every student and teacher within its walls than anyone can imagine.
Ms. Colby is continually looking for ways to grow the school, build the community involvement, keep the children engaged, and to give back any way she can. Being a teacher is hard work, that is no secret. Building a school from the ground up takes it to a whole new level. Literally, they poured the cement foundation that the school building was set upon!
"I have been friends with Jill for 20+ years, and to say I’m proud of her just doesn’t seem like enough. She is a LifeChanger for MRA North, the community and church," said Pedley. "So many others can look to her and see a true example of putting dreams into action. The students at MRA North are witness to her hard work paying off, and that is a lesson that they will hopefully carry with them for the rest of their lives."