The Arts at Pine Hills Adventist Academy
We have a strong tradition of music and performing arts here at PHAA. From instrumental music to choir to musicals, students at Pine Hills are challenged to be their best. They learn to work together, collaborate, and problem solve. We stress the creative process and work to help our students develop their God-given, unique, creative voice through music, visual art and performing arts.
Welcome to Fine Arts
Jill Genobaga, Director
This will be my 7th year teaching at PHAA. I have traveled an unusual route to get here including a music degree, medical school and four children. But, I am excited to be creating with you this year.
Music degree: I graduated with a B.A. in Music from La Sierra University in 1991.
Medical school: Yep, I did that. But then, there were the four kids.
Four Kids: My oldest, Satchel, just completed his first year at Loma Linda University Medical School. Georgia is a senior at La Sierra University majoring in music and vocal performance with an emphasis in musical theatre. Griffin is a sophomore at La Sierra University majoring in business and pre-med. And, Olivia is junior here at PHAA. All three of my older kids are proud graduates of Pine Hills.
Husband, Chris: We met our senior year of high school and have been together ever since. We took the same path of music major and medical school. He, however, went on to residency and now is a hospitalist OB/GYN physician at Adventist Health Rideout in Marysville.
How did I end up teaching here? Even though I stayed home with my kids for many years, I volunteered at the school and was involved in bringing the first musical to PHAA. After directing two musicals here, I was offered the job of K-12 Music Director. Since then, we have gone on to do 6 more musicals and I have taught a range of subjects here including Elementary Music, Health, Art, Band, Choir, Yearbook, and now Video Production.
My favorite things? I am happiest when spending time with my family, creating with my students or doing a photoshoot. I love a good book, making art and sitting on my porch. I also am a podcast fan and can bake a mean blackberry lemon scone.
What I did this summer? In preparation for my art class here at PHAA, I took three online classes (acrylic painting, art therapy and fiber arts). I also attended numerous workshops and webinars in yearbook, drama and earned my Adobe Creative Educator Level 1 Badge to help figure out this "new normal." While it didn't feel like a "regular" summer, it was a nice rest with lots of family and dogs at home.
My philosophy of teaching? I'm here to help facilitate students along their journey of creating, finding their creative voice and working through the process of learning. I'm more about the process than the product. I believe that creativity has been given to us as a gift from God, in His image as the great Creator, and that everyone possesses creativity. The best part of my job is helping kids discover how that gift is expressed in their own lives.