Kathy Sherman, Director of Admissions
Start Date: 2019
Kathy Sherman's career has been devoted to unlocking the secrets of how children with learning differences, such as dyslexia, learn best. With both undergraduate and graduate degrees (cum laude) in Learning Disabilities, Kathy has 23 years of teaching (including 12 years in BVSD) and 20-plus years of administrative experience. She developed and implemented two of the first programs for students with dyslexia in the American military school system in Europe. After exiting the public education system, Kathy established her own learning center in 1988, called the Learning Connection. Following that experience, she co-founded and co-directed Bridge School (an independent school in Boulder), and then in 2005 co-founded Hillside School in order to refocus her attention exclusively on students with learning differences.
Kathy's lifelong passion for working with children who learn differently has led her to study and integrate the principles of neuroscience into her and the school's work as a way to better understand all aspects of a child's learning dynamic and well-being.
When not at school, Kathy spends her leisure time playing with clay and concrete, growing every possible kind of plant, tending her chickens and bees, hiking, cooking, and whenever possible scuba diving in the warm waters of the Caribbean. She and her husband, Jim, raised three boys, and she is excited about the anticipated arrival of her first grandchild this fall.
Jill Michaud, Head of School
Start Date: 2019
Jill is proud to have been a part of Hillside for the past eight years. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature in 1996, she moved to San Francisco, and went to work in the field of advertising. She quickly realized that this was not where her passion lay, made the switch to teaching, and got a job with Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. After three valuable and rewarding years there, Jill decided to go back to school and get her teaching credential and Master's degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University. While doing this, she also taught third grade at Charles Armstrong School, a school in the Bay Area for students with learning differences. Here she learned and implemented the Slingerland program, which is based on Orton-Gillingham methodology.
After teaching there for four years and completing her graduate program, she had her first baby, and moved back to the Boulder area. Jill enjoyed being at home with her son for the first two years of parenthood, and then found Hillside.
Having worked in a variety of settings that successfully serve the dyslexic learner, she can confidently say that the Hillside program is, in her opinion, the most effective and rewarding way of delivering lasting instruction. She is proud to be a part of a program that not only provides skills remediation, but also encourages the development of confident learners who are aware of their strengths and challenges and know how to advocate for their particular learning needs. For her, being a part of this growth in a student's self-awareness and confidence is the most exciting part of teaching.
Rachel Paradis, Business Manager & Learning Specialist
Start Date: 2017
A proud Boulder native, over the past 18 years, Rachel has taught and mentored middle school and high school students from Kansas to Paris, France to New York City to Denver and back to Boulder. She earned her B.S. from the University of Kansas in elementary/middle school education and special education, and her M.S. in special education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
Teaching at Hillside, with its talented staff and remarkable students and families, has been a highlight in her career, thus far. The vibrant Hillside environment inspires her to continue her own education in deepening her understanding of how the brain learns and functions and how to maximize its potential. In her spare time, she enjoys digging in her garden, meeting friends for coffee, people watching on Pearl Street, and playing with her two, sweet, little girls.
Lindsay Eddy, Director of Development
Lindsay has been raising money for independent schools since 2010 because she believes that the solution to many of today's challenges begins with education. Lindsay grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Lehigh University with a double degree in Journalism and Public Relations. She knew she wanted a job that would serve others and began her career as a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 2010 she took a position as the Associate Director of Development for Vermont Academy, a New England Board School, where she discovered her passion for raising money to support the work of independent schools.
At Vermont Academy she saw first-hand the transformation that can occur when students are met where they are at by faculty who have the resources to do so. She was inspired by not only the academic growth in these students, but their personal growth and the confidence that ensued. As hard as it was to leave Vermont Academy, she and her husband decided to follow their love for the outdoors and move to Boulder in 2014. Lindsay proudly served as the Associate Director of Development and Director of Alumni Relations at the Dawson School for two years where she helped grow the fundraising and outreach programs. She is now honored to lead the development program at Hillside, where she can blend her non-profit and independent school background to support the work the faculty do to nurture Hillside students to become confident and capable learners.