Nurse Jill-LifeChanger of the Year NOMINEE

Nurse Jill-LifeChanger of the Year NOMINEE

Jill Teerlinck was nominated by her colleague, Chrissy Winters.

Ms. Teerlinck has been the school nurse at Colona Grade School for over 20 years. She began her career there shortly after graduating nursing school. Although things have changed a lot since then, Ms. Teerlinck has been the one positive constant for the students.  She is an invaluable asset to Colona School.

"Jill is one of the most kind and compassionate people I know," said Winters. "She has always made it her priority to get to know each child on an individual basis. She knows what kind of Band-Aid they like, how many dogs they have, what their parents do for work, and when they need a little extra attention some days."

Once COVID-19 hit, things changed for everyone, especially Ms. Teerlinck. She was no longer just the school nurse, but the person responsible for administering a vaccine clinic at the school for staff. She also conducts COVID-19 testing on all staff, tests students who have symptoms, and keeps track of who needs to be quarantined and when they can return. Ms. Teerlinck had to enter extra paperwork into a national database and keep up with the ever-changing mandates while still taking care of the daily needs of her students and staff.

"Jill has remained calm under pressure and still proves to be such an amazing colleague, friend, and caretaker. I believe she is very deserving of this honor," said Winters.


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