About Me

Meet Hilary Statum!

Hilary (Florence) Statum is a Kindergarten Teacher and National Presenter from Middle Tennessee.

She has over 15 years of teaching experience in kindergarten, transitional-first, fourth, and fifth grades. She currently teaches ESL for her school district.

Hilary holds her Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from both her graduate and undergraduate level courses.

Hilary frequently travels around the United States as a featured speaker. You can book Hilary for presentations using the email address: hilarystatum@pencilstopigtails.com or the “CONTACT” section above. Some of her favorite topics include the Science of Reading, Simple STEM for the Primary Classroom, Flexible Seating, Classroom Culture, Pairing High-Interest Books with Standards-Driven Activities, Magical Math, Raising Observation Scores, Classroom Organization, and Learning Inspired by Play.

You can connect with Hilary on all social media platforms using the handle @pencilstopigtails


Personal Notes

Hilary is a busy mom of two girls and a baby boy. She has a passion for creating resources and sharing them with other educators. Her B.A. is in Communication Studies with an emphasis in radio, television, and film. A mission trip convinced her that she wanted to be a teacher.  Hilary realized she had never felt more happy and at peace than when she was standing there in 126 degree weather with kids hanging all over her. She just knew she had to work with children so she pursued her Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership.

Hilary has 9 brothers and sisters and loves her huge family. Her passion is traveling. Some of the countries she’s been to include Jamaica, Canada, Guatemala, England, France, Kenya, and Honduras. She has many more countries on her bucket list. Speaking of her dad, he is Canadian, which makes her half Canadian. You would never know that from her strong Southern accent!

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