My Grayson

Jill Williford Wurman

Jill Williford Wurman

Director of Research

Jill Wurman maintains a strong understanding of academic performance, pedagogy, social-emotional development, and longitudinal outcomes, and synthesizes research findings for Grayson’s administrators, faculty, and parents so that the school’s practices can continue to reflect the best practices in gifted education.

Ms. Wurman holds an M.A. in English Language & Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. in English from Princeton University, whence she graduated Phi Beta Kappa; she has also studied literature at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England. She has worked as a publishing consultant and a literary agent, and leverages her personal passion for literature and books in her role as Grayson’s “Ersatz Librarian,” in which role she is responsible for the “care and feeding” of the more than 10,000 books in the school’s ever-growing collection. She has presented at the World Council on Gifted and Talented Children’s biennial conferences as well as at NAGC, Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE), at MIT’s SPARK and SPLASH programs, and at the American Psychological Association annual convention. Recently, she co-authored a chapter for the University of Denver’s Perspectives in Gifted Education series: Legal Issues (Vol. 7).

Ms. Wurman has taught high school English and also a course of her own design for exceptionally gifted students at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). She is a self-professed “research nerd” who jumps at any opportunity to sit in a classroom and learn.