Gress, Jill
6th & 7th Grade Science Teacher


I was born and raised in Grand Forks, ND. I also attended the University of North Dakota and I am a huge Fighting Sioux fan. We moved to the Metro area in 2016. I have a husband and two sons – Karter, who is 16 and Kole, who is 12. In my spare time I like to mountain bike, walk my two Aussiedoodles, Jax and Rip, and spend time at my cabin near Detroit Lakes, MN.

What do you like most about BA?
The positive feeling you get when you walk through the doors at Breakaway. You can tell it’s an environment that cares about the development of the whole child.

Which coach or teacher had the biggest impact on your life and why?
Mrs. Brownson in first grade – she taught me how to read and she always made it positive.

What is the best advice you can give students at BA?
Be who you are! Do your best and give 100% to everything – but don’t forget to have fun.

What are your credentials and teaching experience?
University of North Dakota: BA Elementary Education/Psychology 2001
Minnesota State Moorhead: Master Degree in Reading Education 2005
Fargo Public Schools 2001-2016
Minneapolis Public Schools 2016-2022