Jill Tingle wants to challenge every teacher at Simpsonville Elementary to be just like her fourth grade teacher in Campbellsburg. “Mrs. Monin saw the best in me, found my strengths, put me in leadership roles and encouraged me to run for Student Council,” she recalled. “As a result, I played school every day at home, as an only child, with my own chalkboard and grade book. I wanted to be Mrs. Monin.” Tingle wants every child to have the same positive experience at Simpsonville where she is the principal.
A graduate of Henry County High School, Tingle remembers putting Mrs. Monin’s encouragement into practice by serving as president of her class, president of the Student Council and co-captain of the basketball team. “Students who are involved in school are focused on goals and building relationships,” she said.
Relationships she built after coming to SCPS led her to seek principalship certification in 2004. “Knowing and finding what makes a teacher or student tick can lead them to becoming more successful. It’s important to find the passion inside each person to build upon their strengths,” she said.
by Duanne B. Puckett, Community Relations Coordinator, Shelby County Public Schools.