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Jill Baldemor

Find Her at: Waterfront Plaza

Born and raised in Honolulu, Jill Baldemor, a former litigation attorney with Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, now leads Teach For America’s Hawaii region. Jill has grown the kamaaina representation of the corps by 20 percent and has increased funding to support corps growth and development from $1 million to $2.6 million. She was selected as one of Pacific Business News’s “40 Under 40” 2011 class. When not at work, she wears the hat of mom to three young children, ages 7, 5 and six months, whom she raises with her equally busy husband, Randy.

5:00 AM: Wake up, check email, read the newspaper headlines, and pack the baby’s bag for the day.  Make a mental note to myself that I need to stop at the grocery store and buy something healthy for the kids’ breakfast. Wake up the rest of the house.


6:30 AM: First stop, Starbucks! Must start the day with coffee. Order a double tall nonfat latte and peruse my calendar to remind myself of what’s on the docket for the day.

6:45 AM: On the road to drop off the kids. Listen to whatever is top of mind for my 7-year-old and 5-year-old. Ask them to sing to entertain the baby, and because there really is no better way to start the day than listening to kids sing.

8:00 AM: Join a conference call with TFA executive directors in New Mexico, South Dakota and Oklahoma to discuss the Native Achievement Initiative, a program designed to increase our impact and service to native children. Native children experience some of the highest levels of poverty and illiteracy in our country and we are committed to help change this.

9:00 AM:  Arrive at one of the 29 schools where our teachers are hard at work. I pop into classrooms and am inspired by the curiosity, engagement and pure potential of the students we teach.

11:00 AM: Check in with the school principal to learn more about the principal’s vision and how we can best partner with the school.

NOON: Lunch with a potential supporter. Share the incredible work that I saw in classrooms just this morning and make my case for why there is no better investment to make than investing in the education of our keiki.

2:00 PM:  Arrive at the office. Check in with my assistant and try to make a dent in my e-mail inbox.  

3:00 PM:  Leadership team meeting. Meet with our directors of program, development, community partnerships, alumni and operations. Share highlights and discuss progress toward our goals and upcoming events.

4:30 PM: Leave the office for kid pickup and head to the soccer field. Listen to the exciting details from my children’s day and encourage more singing.


5:00 PM: Soccer practice. My main job: cheerleader, handing over the water bottle and tying shoe laces. Check Blackberry in between water breaks and respond to emails.

6:00 PM: Heading home and pondering what to do for dinner. Stop at the grocery store to buy some steak and vegetables for my husband to grill. Remember that I need something healthy for kids’ breakfast and swing by the fruit aisle.

7:00 PM: Dinner with the family (my favorite part of the day). Listen to the day’s highs
and lows.

8:00 PM: Rock Baby Haley to sleep. Feel lucky that baby no. 3 is a good sleeper.

8:30 PM:  Reading time and then lights out for kids. Fight mightily against the urge to fall asleep with them.

9:00 PM: Back on the computer. Give in to the temptation to surf the Internet and check Facebook for just a few minutes. Tackle email, review fiscal-year close-out plan and progress, and continue work on strategic priorities for 2012.

MIDNIGHT (or when my eyes get heavy): Power off the laptop and lights out!


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