About Hilltown Families

WHAT IS HILLTOWN FAMILIES?

Hilltown Families is an online grassroots communication network for families living throughout the four counties of western Massachusetts. Our online network consist of an award winning blog, eNewsletter, podcast, social networking platforms, listserv, and online bulletin boards.

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 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 MA with her family. [LinkedIn] swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org

Jennifer Reese, Interpretive Writer
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.

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 MA and serves on the Mary Lyon Foundation Board of Directors.

Leah Letourneau, Sustainability Bulletin Board Manager
Leah has always called Western Mass home and chose to stay in the area to attend Mount Holyoke College where she studied Environmental Studies and Politics. She currently works for The Center for Ecological Technology (CET), an environmental non-profit in Florence. She is also a graduate student at Elms College pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies for licensure as a Reading Specialist. She currently lives in Easthampton, MA, and is passionate about working to expand environmental education curricula in public schools.

Hilltown Families Board of Directors & Advisers

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS


Become a Contributing WriterHilltown 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!

ENHANCED PUBLICITY

Enhanced PublicityHilltown 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 info@hilltownfamilies.org.

CONTACT US

We’d love to hear from you.  Fill out the form or drop us a line at info@hilltownfamilies.org:

1 Comment

  1. Katryna Nields said,

    February 14, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Wow! I am so excited to have discovered this beautiful website. What a great resource for our community. Thank you so much.
    Katryna

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