WHAT IS HILLTOWN FAMILIES?
Hilltown Families believes in creating resilient and sustainable communities by developing and strengthening a sense of place in our children and citizens through community based education and engagement. We work to accomplish this by highlighting the embedded learning that is found everywhere in our communities, making the information accessible to families, and giving parents/educators access to opportunities that supports their children’s interests and education while encouraging community engagement. We do this by connecting, collaborating, and creating community building events, community based educational opportunities, and community service learning experiences.
Founded in 2005 by Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, serving thousands of families living throughout western Massachusetts. Through an online grassroots communication network, Hilltown Families connects people and organizations in the widespread communities of western Massachusetts by helping area residents share ideas, organize activities, support their children’s education and increase participation in community life.
See this TEDx Talk, Supporting Education Through Community Engagement, where Hilltown Families founder, Sienna Wildfield, shares the story behind the vision and mission of Hilltown Families:
THE FOLKS BEHIND THE SCENES
Sienna Wildfield, Founder/Executive Director
Sienna is the Founder and Executive Director of Hilltown Families, Inc. See Sienna’s TEDx Talk, Supporting Education Through Community Engagement to hear the story behind the vision and mission of Hilltown Families. Supporting the development of the Hilltown Families community engagement model into other communities, Sienna is available as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and national consultant for individuals and groups looking to integrate the Hilltown Families framework into their educational, community development and sustainable community projects. Recognized by the Western Mass Women Magazine as one of the Top 25 “Women to Watch,” Sienna lives along the Westfield River in the Hilltowns of western Massachusetts with her family. [LinkedIn] firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Reese, Education Program Manager
Jennifer grew up in upstate New York, and now lives in Amherst, MA, with her bat biologist husband and two young sons. She earned her B.A. in biology from Cornell University and her M.A.T. in science education from Boston University. Jennifer’s professional involvement with science education has included teaching middle school science, co-directing an urban environmental education initiative based in Boston, supervising student teachers at local colleges, and developing curricula for a variety of outlets. She is passionate about helping people connect with the natural world as a means to promote joy, inspire wonder, and encourage responsible stewardship of the Earth. Jennifer joined Hilltown Families in May 2015.
Emily Butler, Interpretive Writer
Emily moved to western Massachusetts to study English as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst. She is currently getting her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and works in a high school library. Emily was drawn to the library field due to its interdisciplinary nature and the ways in which libraries enrich the social and intellectual life of communities. She shares her passion for writing and education to connect community members with learning opportunities through Hilltown Families.
Robin Morgan Huntley, MEd., Community-Based Education Correspondent
A native to Maine, Robin joined Hilltown Families in early 2011. She is a graduate of Antioch University with a masters in education. Her interests within the field of education include policy and all types of nontraditional education. For her undergraduate project at Hampshire College, Robin researched the importance of connecting public schools with their surrounding communities, especially in rural areas. Robin lives and teaches 5th grade in the Hilltowns of western Massachusetts and serves on the Mary Lyon Foundation Board of Directors.
Cheryl Przezdziecki, Theater & Visual Art Bulletin Boards Manager
Living in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters, Cheryl is a private practice psychotherapist who earned her M.A. at Westfield State University. She is fascinated with the dimensions and complexities of the human experience, making it no surprise that some of her deepest interests include character development and the experience of live theater. She is a writer and playwright who recently completed her first full-length stage play. In addition, Cheryl’s rich travel history has deepened her appreciation for varying architecture and the cultural significance of visual art in all mediums.
Ted Harvey, History Bulletin Board Manager
Ted moved to Western Massachusetts for graduate school and decided to stay. He currently lives in Easthampton with his wife and two boys. He has degrees in archaeology, medieval history and public policy, and currently works in community development in Springfield. He has a lifelong love of history, which he hopes to impart on others through his role as part History Bulletin Board Manager with Hilltown Families.
Hilltown Families Board of Directors & Advisers
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- Suggest A Class
- Share your news on our Sustainability Bulletin Board & Community Bulletin Board
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- Participate in our community programs
Hilltown Families warmly welcomes writings that reflect the positive work and educational efforts teachers, parents and community members work toward while sharing how that affects, supports and empowers our community and families. HF also welcomes the voices of parent’s surviving the struggles and challenges of parenthood, and their experiences here in western Massachusetts. Submissions of art and photography are welcomed too. Check out our contributing writer/artists and find out how you can join our team!
Hilltown Families supports the development of our local economy and has sponsorship and advertising opportunities available. Local businesses, individuals, schools, etc., can advertise their event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement on our list of Weekly Suggested Events and weekly eNewsletter. Join our team of sponsors and have your message shared with thousands of families living throughout the region while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. For more information check out our enhanced publicity options or email email@example.com.
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