Jill Hakemian (she/her) is an equity specialist at the Center on Culture, Race & Equity (CCRE), working under CCRE’s NYSED TAP for Equity grant. Jill brings an extensive background in professional and curriculum development, instructional coaching, and building leadership. She began her career in education as a high school Spanish teacher and discovered her passion for teaching English as a foreign language when teaching English in Spain. Jill has since been a teacher and school leader in New York and Florida, most recently as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at a dual-language middle and high school in Kissimmee. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Rollins College and holds a master’s degree in TESOL and a specialist (EdS) degree in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Central Florida. In addition, she holds several teacher certifications, including K-12 ESOL and Special Education, and certificates in DEI, Restorative Practices, and multiple instructional technology programs. In her role with TAP for Equity, Jill provides professional development and technical assistance to regions throughout New York State through the Office of Special Education, specializing in support for dually-identified students who are both English learners and identified as having disabilities.
Equity Specialist, Center on Culture, Race & Equity