A native New Englander, Jocelyn Burrill was born and raised in Massachusetts. She attended Grove City College in Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in English and Social Studies. During her time at Grove City, Mrs. Burrill developed a passion for literacy instruction, especially vocabulary, and educational research. These passions led her to Boston University where she studied Reading Education (K-12). After graduating with her Master’s, Mrs. Burrill worked at an international language school in Boston. At the school, she taught English to teenagers and adults, most of whom were learning English in hopes of attending American universities. At the school, Mrs. Burrill taught courses such as Academic Reading, Academic Writing, and Grammar. After teaching at the language school, Mrs. Burrill spent two years teaching fifth grade at a private school in downtown Boston. One of her favorite parts of the position was helping students make meaningful connections in their learning through engaging, cross-curricular instruction. In 2015, Mrs. Burrill and her husband, Josh, moved to Alabama to be closer to her two stepsons. Mrs. Burrill joined the Spring Valley School faculty in 2016. Currently, she teaches Middle School English Language Arts and serves as the director of Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Burrill enjoys supporting Spring Valley students in becoming confident and skilled readers, writers, and learners. In her free time, Mrs. Burrill enjoys spending time with her family hiking and tackling new cooking projects.