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Speaker for WACS commencement is 1995 grad

June 26, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - The guest speaker for the Westfield Academy and Central School's Class of 2013 graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 22 on the football field starting at 10 a.m. will be Jill (Brautigam) Jordan.

Jordan grew up in Westfield, having moved there with her family when she was 3 years old. She attended WACS from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating as the valedictorian of the Class of 1995. While a student at WACS, she participated in many extracurricular activities, including band where she played the clarinet, chorus, Westwinds, tennis, track and basketball.

After high school she attended Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y. She completed majors in mathematics and psychology and a minor in violin performance and graduated in 1999, summa cum laude with honors in mathematics. She married Michael Jordan - not the famous basketball player - in Westfield in August 1999, a few months after her college graduation.

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The guest speaker for the Westfield Academy and Central School’s Class of 2013 graduation ceremony will be Jill (Brautigam) Jordan.

Jordan spent the next 10 years in the greater Philadelphia area. In September of 1999 she began graduate school in mathematics at Bryn Mawr College where she earned a Master of Arts degree in mathematics in May of 2002 and a Ph.D. in mathematics in December of 2005. While living there, she did extensive private tutoring, taught part-time at Gwynedd Mercy College and at Bryn Mawr and gave birth to her first two children - Grace in 2006 and Jack in 2008.

In 2009, Jordan returned to Houghton to serve as an assistant professor of mathematics. She has enjoyed connecting with students there and is particularly glad when WACS graduates choose to continue their education at Houghton. Since returning to Western New York, she has been pleased to welcome a new daughter, Lucy to the family in 2011 and a fourth child in early May. She enjoys being back in Western New York - she even likes the weather. She especially likes life in a little town where she and Mike can both work and raise a family together and care for students' minds and hearts.

Jordan is grateful for all she learned while a student at WACS and for the many teachers, staff and community members who contributed to her development in various ways. She is honored to have been asked to return to WACS to deliver this year's commencement address and looks forward to reconnecting with some of the people who have helped to shape her into the person she is today.



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