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Jill Babb

Former Faculty

Jill has been head of Cooper House, the first-year girls’ house, since 2011. She holds a B.S. in Leisure Studies from Southeast Missouri State University and an M.S. in Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University. Jill has over 20 years of experience working at sleep-away camp and continues to spend her summers in this residential setting. Her husband, Chris, is a science teacher at the Upper School.

College Education
M.S. Western Illinois University
B.S. Southeast Missouri State University

Second Grade Wisdom

Student Life | Jill Babb, August 29, 2017
Second-graders share wisdom and encouragement with students in the girls' dorms.

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Setting GR8 Girls Up for a GR8 Freshman Year

Student Life | Bebe Zazzaro , May 2, 2016
We want to introduce "GR8 Girls" to campus. It is a group of girls that is dedicated to helping our young women grow up and be their best selves as they transition to Darlington's Upper School division.

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The Finish Line: Guiding First-Year Boarding Students to an Epic Finish

Student Life | Jill Babb, May 8, 2015
In the first-year house, we hope to give each resident a strong beginning. However, our job is not complete until we guide each girl to an epic finish.

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Senior Interview: Nadin Kosedag ('15)

Student Life | , May 6, 2015
Sophomore Emily Orr interviews senior Nadin Kosedag about her four years at Darlington.

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First-Year House 'Firsts' & Why They Matter at Boarding School

Student Life | Jill Babb, February 28, 2015
Living in the first-year house/dorm means a year full of "firsts." From their first day of school to their first load of laundry, these shared experiences make the first-year house their foundation for the future.

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Cooper House Wins RUMPUS 2014

January 15, 2015
Head of Cooper House Jill Babb, head resident prefect Kia Sims ('14), and head day prefect Mary Grayson Spence ('14) describe the duties of a head prefect, and how team spirit and student leadership led to the first-ever RUMPUS win for the first-year girls' dormitory in 2014. RUMPUS is an annual weekend-long competition between day and resident students and faculty in Darlington's six campus houses.

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My Favorite Days at Boarding School

Admission | Jill Babb, November 30, 2014
Some of my favorite days in Cooper House are "dorm-coming" days -— the days our residential students reunite with their family of friends after a school break.

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10 Things I've Learned at Darlington: Krystyna

Student Life | , October 12, 2014
Residential student Krystyna Virkler ('17), left, blogs about the 10 most important things that Darlington has taught her.

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All I Need to Know I Learned from My Mom

Student Life | Jill Babb, October 2, 2014
My work with first-year students - whether they be 5 or 15 years old - is a tribute to my mother.

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Our 'Little' Cooper House

Student Life | Jill Babb, November 21, 2013
I started thinking about how the architecture of our house makes a home for our girls when I saw the words to Doug Stone’s song, “Little Houses.” Even though Cooper is a large building, the interior “where we eat and sleep so close together” is a cocoon for its residents.

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