Caroline County October 2018 Staff Spotlight

Jill Fitzpatrick ~ Lead Teacher

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I knew when I was in 2nd grade that I wanted to be a teacher.  My father was in education and I wanted to follow in his footsteps

How long have you been a teacher?
I am in my 28th year of teaching

What’s the best thing about being a teacher?
I enjoy my job immensely.  I love teaching students with disabilities and seeing them experience success in school.

What is your favorite food?
Anything Italian!


After earning an Elementary Education degree from Salisbury University, I started my teaching career in inner city Baltimore. I taught grades 3 through 5 during the seven years I was there. Also, at that time, I was working on my Masters in Education at Johns Hopkins University. In 1997, my husband’s job took us to Phoenix, Arizona. In Arizona, I taught 3rd and 6th grades. In 2010, my family and I returned to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Upon my return to Maryland, I decided to change my direction and go into Special Education. In 2012, I was hired as the lead elementary teacher for the High Road School program in Caroline County at Denton Elementary. I am in my 7th year of teaching with High Road. My many years of teaching experience has allowed me to work with students from many diverse backgrounds. I can honestly say that my years working with the students in the High Road program have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding years of my entire teaching career.