I have taught for 30+ years in public schools and now, after 4 years at Salesian, I can confirm that the students are the same wherever you go. I teach to support and encourage them to be the best they can be in every aspect of their lives. I love seeing the growth in them from 9th grade to their graduation day. I believe in the saying “they must think that you care before they care what you think.”
General Ed Credential-UCLA
Special Ed. Credential- Cal State Los Angeles
Jill Seman Computer Science Teacher Jill Seman is a CTE credentialed computer science and robotics teacher. She has also 25 years of engineering experience in the software and semiconductor industries. Before Salesian, she taught engineering and robotics at Vallejo High School, AP Computer Science and robotics at Balboa High School, and taught engineering and design at Del Mar Middle School in Tiburon. Prior to teaching, she founded and managed a mobile applications software company that produced iPhone and Android apps, some of which were iTunes bestsellers. Before owning and operating the software company, she led several electrical engineering organizations as an engineer, engineering manager, marketing and business development professional for 3d processing companies like Nvidia, S3 and Cirrus Logic Corp.
Sharing the Arts with students, many of whom have not had prior art, music or theater experience before, is a great honor. One of the many benefits of teaching Art is that I can reach out to students and help them customize their learning experiences based on the skills they want to develop, interests they want to pursue and passions they may already possess. Some of my thinking about arts education comes from studying with Steve Seidel at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Arts and Passion Driven Learning program, some from studying with great teachers at UC Davis and a lot from pursuing my own passions and interests in art and design.
M.A. in Education
I embrace my vocation-- and I appreciate the symmetry between my own instincts around working with students and the philosophy of the Salesians. I look forward to engaging with our young people, both in the admissions process and during their first year here as their guidance counselor. With my Salesian experiences in teaching, coaching and counseling I can share a comprehensive vantage with incoming families and then help mentor students during their transition to high school. I continue to find our students vibrant, compassionate, and FUN! They motivate me every day!
I graduated from the University of California (Berkeley) with a bachelor's degree in History and earned a Master's in Athletic Administration from St. Mary's College. I was voted "Teacher of the Year" at Salesian in 1998 and was Contra Costa Times East Bay "Coach of the Year" while leading boys basketball here in 1997. I am a member of the Dominican University Athletic Hall of Fame and coached the West Team in the 2008 NCAA Division II All-American basketball game.