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Ms. Hagan's Background

Welcome to the new 2019-2020 school year and 8th Grade U.S. History! This is my third year as a member of the Nobel faculty and my 18th year as an educator. I started out at Nobel as a long-term substitute teacher and student teacher from 2001-2003. My daughter attended Nobel from sixth through eighth grade. I am credentialed in both Social Studies and English, and I have an administrative credential. We have a great eighth grade team of US History teachers who work closely together. I have taught at Mt. Gleason Middle School, Kennedy High School, Marshall High School and the Los Angeles High School of the Arts. Six years ago, I taught tenth grade English in China. I have been involved with student activities such as Link Crew and Junior States of America.  Outside of the classroom, I was a Linked Learning instructional coach. A life-long learner, I recently received a Labor Studies Certificate. 


I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College, and my Master’s in Education from Mt. St. Mary’s University. I love to travel, and have lived, worked and studied in various parts of the world.


This summer, I won an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to study at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell for a week where 40 other teachers and I had a great time learning about the Lowell Mills, the Lowell Girls, industrialization, slavery and free African-Americans, immigration, racism, transcendentalism and romanticism. I also spent two weeks in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, New York City and upstate New York visiting historical sites and reigniting my passion for US History. I went to the Capitol, Supreme Court, National Archives, the Library of Congress, the national monuments (Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson, the White House, Mt. Vernon (Washington), Monticello (Jefferson) and Montpelier (Madison). I LOVE HISTORY and hope that you will, too, after taking this class!!


Last summer, I traveled to South Africa where I volunteered at a preschool and community center, visited schools and consulted with teachers, administrators and students, went on home visits to ill community members, and traveled around the country. I visited Nelson Mandela’s prison on Robben’s Island, and learned more about the apartheid regime. I am currently mentoring a South African college student and helping him through university so that he can continue as a role model and symbol of hope for his community.


At Nobel, I stay busy outside of the classroom. Last year, I served on the Culture and Climate Committee and as an elected member of Nobel’s Charter Council.  I also was on the Budget Committee and the School Site Council (SSC).  This year, I will be the advisor for GSA.


We have two exciting field trips planned to the Museum of Tolerance and the Reagan Library!

1) Museum of Tolerance - Tentatively October 3rd (periods 1-3) and October 4th (periods 4-6)

2) Reagan Library - Tentatively February 3rd (periods 1-3) and February 10th (periods 4-6)


In addition, I will be working towards my National Board Certification this year. Further details will be sent home soon.

I am looking forward to an amazing school year! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.



Jill Hagan


Contact Information

E-mail: (preferred method, please include student's name and period in subject line)

School Phone: 818-773-4700, Room 73            

School Website:



Recent Posts

Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am SO PROUD of our students and their participation in the Thursday and Friday, October 3rd and 4th, field trips to the Museum of Tolerance. Your children wrote reflective and insightful observations about their experiences. The other teachers said that our students were great. One of the docents, whose mother had died in the Holocaust, said that her group was one of the "top ten" of all the groups she had ever led. 
Students stated that they now will "stand up for what they think," that "acts of kindness can help," that they will "help anyone being bullied," and that they are now "much more grateful and appreciative for their lives." (However, we need to work on spelling "grateful" and not "greatful.")
Thank you to our parent chaperones. They made this happen, from being on the bus, chaperoning the groups, and leading valuable discussions and debriefings before students wrote their reflections.  One parent wrote, "I was very surprised that every single student was quiet and respectful and genuinely in what was being presented."
We are grateful to all of you that donated. These trips would have cost over $4,000, but we received donations from parents, Board Member Scott Schmerelson (2 buses), Council John Lee (one bus), and an entrance fee grant from the Museum of Tolerance ($10.50 per student and chaperone - over $2,000).
To our amazing administrators, Mr. Horowitz, Ms. Turner, Ms. Bates, Ms. Oduwole, Ms. Romey and Ms. Yankie: Thank you for your organizational support to make this happen. This truly takes a village and we made it happen!!! Nobel's mission of learning by doing was evident in this field trip. We had experiential field trips, interacted with community members at the Museum who led our tours, spoke about our feelings and thoughts with parents after the Museum, and reflected on how we will use this to make the Nobel community even better moving forward.
I am proud to be part of the Nobel family. 
Jill Hagan


Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 4th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
I hope to see all of you there!