Q&A: Mrs. Jill Zilz, Math


Mrs. Jill Zilz, Math, takes a break from grading papers. Mrs. Zilz is a new Geometry teacher at Lake Central.

Brianna Sarkisian

Q: Why did you want to become a teacher? Why did you chose to teach math?

A: I didn’t know I really wanted to be a teacher. I started out in elementary and I hated it. So then I went to secondary and I thought about what I wanted to do. I wasn’t a history girl, but I liked it in high school because I had a really, really good teacher. I liked math, but I didn’t have any good teachers in math. I wanted to be a better teacher than what I had in high school.

Q: What’s your favorite part about teaching?

A: I like being with the older group of kids because we can have conversations and talk about things other than math sometimes while still getting work done.

Q: How many years have you been teaching?

A: This is my 15th year teaching.

Q: Where did you teach at before you came to LC?

A: I used to work at Valpo.

Q: What made you start teaching at Lake Central?

A: A friend of mine, Mrs. [Jeanette] Gray, [Math], told me there was an opening. I was really excited because my kids go to the Lake Central School system, so it worked out a lot better for my homelife than when I was working at Valpo. When the chance came I took it, and I love working here.

Q: How was the transition of coming to a new school?

A: It was really hard because it was teaching a whole new subject, and I was set in my ways at Valpo and I knew how to get around and I knew all the people. Learning how to do that again here was a challenge.

Q: How was your first semester here with your new classes?

A: It was good; I liked it. I think it went really well.