Jill Parker grew up in Newburgh, New York and received her B.B.A. In Marketing from Hofstra University on Long Island. She worked in the insurance and food service industries. Jill moved to Colorado because of the beautiful mountains, and met her future husband at work in Boulder. Jill has been teaching private piano lessons in her home since 2005 and started substitute teaching in 2012, when she became aware of the APEX program. She and her husband and college-aged son enjoy hiking, camping and Star Wars conventions, and Jill also enjoys cooking, reading, and watching old movies and documentaries.