Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Jill Shokalook
Hello! Welcome to Kindergarten! I am thrilled and honored to be your child's teacher this year at Thanksgiving Elementary! We are going to have a terrific year and will have so much fun learning and growing together!
Clear and consistent communication with parents is one of my utmost priorities. I believe that it is so important for teachers and parents to work together as partners. When this partnership is evident, it is my whole-hearted belief that students are more successful academically, socially and emotionally. I look forward to working together with you this year to provide the absolute best for these amazing kiddos!
Before joining the Thanksgiving family, I held positions as a kindergarten teacher at Corinth-Holders Elementary, kindergarten instructional assistant at East Clayton Elementary and the director and pre-K teacher at a local preschool. I am also ecstatic to work under the leadership and direction of Mr. Jewett who was my boys' incredible principal at River Dell Elementary for four years!
I received my B.A. from the University of Akron in 2001 and my J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law in 2004. I practiced law in Ohio before leaving the field to become a stay-at-home mom. My family (my husband and two boys ages 14 and 12) moved to North Carolina in 2013. In 2015, I reentered the workforce and it was then that I decided to change my career to teaching! During this time I have truly discovered that kindergarten is where my heart is. I am so proud to be a kindergarten teacher and I absolutely LOVE it!
I also love reading, watching my boys play soccer and hockey, traveling to new places, cuddling with my two terriers and listening to country music. Oh, and I also love all things that are hot pink!
Kindergarten Supply List 2022-2023
Thanksgiving Elementary School
(1) 1” 3-Ring Binders with Clear Pocket on the front-White
(1) 3-Ring Pencil Pouch
(4) Crayola Crayons-16 count
(1) Crayola Washable Markers
(20) Elmer’s Glue Sticks
(2) Pearl Erasers (preferably white)
(1) #2 Pre-sharpened Pencils-12 count
(1) Kid Scissors-Blunt Tip
(1) Plastic Pencil Box
(1) Expo Dry Erase Markers-4 count (Black)
(1) Primary Composition Book with 1/2“ Ruled Lines
(1) 2 Pocket PLASTIC Folder, 3 Holes
(2) Packs of Heavy Weight Clear Sheet Protectors
(1) Headphones (no earbuds)
Mrs. Shokalook's Wish List
At the November Regular Session Board of Education meeting, the Board voted unanimously to improve safety and security in Johnston County Public Schools by implementing state-of-the-art security systems in each of the district’s schools.
We hope that you and your student have already noticed some of the exciting new food and meal opportunities we are offering in our cafeterias this school year. Our new options will include more fresh produce, vegetarian options, and opportunities for students to customize their meal choice. These new offerings will be available at both breakfast and lunch.