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jillAfter 21 years of dedicated service, Mrs. Jill Rowan will be leaving St. James Academy to pursue her interest in providing hospice care. Her commitment and passion for the community will never be forgotten. Please join the St. James Academy community in thanking Mrs. Rowan for her dedication and expertise.

What does St. James Academy mean to you?

A place where we can all stretch, from the youngest student in kindergarten to the most experienced teacher or parent. The opportunity to grow is here in this community, if you look for it and are willing to take it on.

What will you miss most about St. James?

Middle school recess, the energy of students in the building, the rich sound of singing in the hallways, and amazing art being made all year long. I can’t even begin with the amazing colleagues…

What do you want the students to learn from you?

  • To listen to themselves and each other.
  • To recognize what you do well, and take risks to expand – confidence is irresistible.
  • Realize that mistakes are going to happen, and that our biggest mistakes will be competent guides if we can let go of our fear.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Kayaking, concerts, theater and learning something new, especially something scientific or physical (there’s always plenty of laughter with the physical). This past weekend I went four-wheeling in the mountains of Pennsylvania for the first time.

Who inspired you growing up?

My seventh grade teacher was a great role model, I wish I had not been so difficult.

If you could meet one famous person who would it be and why?

Can I meet two? Neil de Grasse Tyson, I could listen to him talk about astrophysics for a very long time. And Sigmund Freud, I’d like to give him a good talking to about blaming parents for EVERYTHING!

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.

I will troop through the woods for hours, and even miss breakfast, to locate a pileated woodpecker.

What are you plans after you retire from St. James? 

Breathe for a bit, then my plan is to work providing direct care for folks who choose home hospice. I’ll continue training young counselors at two group homes in Baltimore City. I expect to be surprised by something I have not planned.