My name is Jennifer Shumate and this is my twelfth year teaching in the Adams 12 Five Star School District. I'm thrilled to be back for a ninth year at Hillcrest Elementary School and the third year as a Social Emotional Learning Specialist. I consider myself fortunate to teach here at Hillcrest with wonderful colleagues. The staff at Hillcrest is committed to student growth academically and socially. As I support staff and students with social emotional learning I am thankful everyday to work with the whole Hillcrest community. It is exhilirating to be part of the amazing Hillcrest Team, a staff dedicated and determined to help every child succeed.
I am very excited to begin this year, and look forward to helping students grow socially, emotionally and academically.
Here's a little about me outside of the classroom. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 28 years. Together we have three wonderful children; our sons Sam and Grant are both Thornton High graduates. (Go Trojans!) We also have a serendipitious surprise, our daughter Vivienne (age 9), a fourth grader here in the Adams 12 Five Star District. My oldest son and his beautiful wife have a sweet two year old daughter, Sophia and I enjoy the grandma role! I am also the "mom" to one annoying (but loveable) wild and crazy, giant dog named Coco and two cats, Princess Caroline and Duchess Meowth.
I believe every child is only as capable as they believe. I will be encouraging your children to believe they can learn and accomplish anything they set their mind to this year. Additionally, my goal is to foster social emotional skills in all students so they can truly become their best selves and reach their full potential.
I look forward to another wonderful year at Hillcrest! Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if I can support you or your student!