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Jill Shashaty

Riverbend Environmental Education Center

I want to continue to build community and strengthen PIC's sustainability practices to complement its focus on nature-based play.

Jill Shashaty is an educator with a background teaching literature, writing, and ethics at the college and high school levels. She currently works at Riverbend Environmental Education Center as an education specialist. Jill also volunteers as a Girl Scout troop leader and a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist.

Jill Shashaty and family

She lives in West Philadelphia with her husband, Michael, and their four children—Anna (8th grade), Gabriel (5th), Dahlia (3rd), and Raphael (KG), all PIC alums.

Since joining the PIC community in 2008, Jill has very much valued the central role PIC's incredible teachers have had in her children's lives and the support PIC teachers have provided to her as a parent. She appreciates PIC's role as an early childhood education leader in play-based learning that is deeply rooted in outdoor nature experiences.

Jill served as a PIC Room Parent from 2008 through 2020, and in the 2018-2019 academic year served as co-chair of PIC's Strategic Planning Committee and co-chair of  PIC's Development Committee.

Jill is currently Board Vice President. In this role, she looks forward to helping PIC continue to build community and strengthen its sustainability practices to complement its focus on nature-based play.