The Faces of PPS
Everyone in Pembroke Public Schools has a story.
This year, we've focused on telling those stories about the exceptional people in our District. Some have been part of our community for many years, others new additions to our Pembroke family. Some of them have overcome difficult obstacles to get where they are or have been leaders in their field, producing incredible results, while others have always gone out of their way to show kindness and compassion.
Each one of them is an important part of who we are as a District, and as a community.
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Juvelyn Hartweg
Juvelyn Hartweg joined Pembroke Public Schools as a 7th-grade science teacher in the fall of 2018. Although she has been with the District for less than one year, she has already made an impact with both her students and her peers. Although she began her career convinced that she wanted to be an elementary school teacher, her love and interest in science led her desire to teach more difficult and engaging curriculum at the secondary level. She taught Biology at the high school level prior to teaching in Pembroke. Mrs. Hartweg is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach the 7th-grade curriculum and welcomes the chance to explore Earth Sciences in depth. She has a strong belief that engaging and relevant curriculum creates the best learner and is excited to mix in a few engineering principals to compliment a very hands-on approach to the new curriculum that will meet the revamped Science standards.
Mrs. Hartweg's belief in the importance of a good education stems from the stories shared by father growing up. He often told her a story about a sinking boat and how everyone's treasures went down with the boat and left everyone penniless and destitute except for the person who had an education. He told her that once you receive a good education, no one can ever take it away from you and you will always have the opportunity to earn treasure. She believes his message, do well in school and go to college had a major impact on her life.
A little-known fact about Mrs. Hartweg is that she was born in a small hut on stilts with no running water or electricity in rice fields in the Philippines. She would later return there with her now-husband on a trip during college. She fondly recalls staying in a hut and exploring the warm Pacific Ocean during her travels. They are the proud parents of three sons, Mac, Beau and Aiden.
She has big plans for her future as an educator and hopes to create and facilitate engaging curriculum through collaborations with fellow educators with the hope of encouraging her students to go into the field of science. Personally, she would like to be part of a diving expedition in the South Pacific ocean to study marine life or microorganisms. She also has small yet bold goals of training for a half-marathon!
Fall is her favorite time of year, especially Thanksgiving which is why she is our first Faces of PPS feature. She says she feels thankful for the kind and polite students she has encountered since starting her position at Pembroke Community Middle School and that her fellow teachers have been very welcoming and helpful as she made her transition. Her biggest hope is that all people have equal opportunities for a good solid education so they can love what they do in their future and have a positive impact on the world. We are thankful that she has joined our District and the Pembroke Public Schools community.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Barbara Gill
Barbara Gill is a familiar face in our schools and around town. Mrs. Gill has been Pembroke resident for over 25 years she has been a fixture in our school's for the last 15 years. She began her career here as a substitute cafeteria worker while her children were young. She is one of our few staff members who has worked in all five schools! Mrs. Gill became a full-time kitchen worked at Pembroke Community Middle School before becoming the baker at the high school. She has since taken over at Pembroke High School as the head cook.
Mrs. Gill loves living and working in Pembroke because everyone is so welcoming. She immediately felt at home here, making life-long friends as soon as she moved to town. The best part about working in the school system was that she was able to see her three children every day and also work hours that allowed her to be home for them when they got off the bus. Mrs. Gill has always instilled in her children the value of a good education. She had always believed that a good education is very important and that it is very difficult to get a good job without one. Her three children, Brendan, Colleen, and John are all graduates of Pembroke Public Schools.
Mrs. Gill has been married to her loving husband Roger for 33 years and enjoys a yearly vacation on the island of St. John with him. She first fell in love with the island on a family trip in 2009 and has been going ever since! She describes the day she married her husband and the births of her three children as the best four days of her life. She is a dedicated mother and wife and an avid U2 fan. She has seen the band at least 25 times and would choose Bono as the person she would most like to meet if given the chance.
Mrs. Gill hopes to continue her dedicated service as a friendly and familiar face in our cafeteria until she eventually retires to a tropical island. Her biggest hope in life is that her children are happy, healthy and successful in everything that they do.
Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday and she looks forward to spending the day with her family.