Jamie is an arts educator with over twelve years of experience teaching children ages 3-14. Her work is grounded in the teachings of Maria Montessori and the invaluable training she received at Chiaravalle Montessori School in Evanston, Illinois. She teaches theatre, visual arts, critical literacy and creative writing with schools, fine arts organizations, and summer camps around the Chicago-land area. In all her work Jamie strives to honor each student's unique creative voice and to build a classroom that encourages collaboration, trust, and connection.
Jamie currently serves as the Education Program Coordinator for Olive Tree Arts Network, is the Drama Club Director at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, provides musical theatre and visual arts after school classes at Rogers Park Montessori School, and is a Teaching Artist with both Adventure Stage Chicago and Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop.
See Jamie in action at Audubon Elementary with Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop!
"Jamie leads a of team of 15 teaching artists with ease. She is a confident and empathetic leader who is focused on ensuring her team has the resources they need to do their best work. She is a creative curriculum developer who thrives on collaboration. She is constantly looking for ways to improve her team, her curriculum and her leadership skills, while holding everyone to a high standard of excellence."
"Jamie is a highly professional, driven and hardworking teaching artist and receives rave reviews from classroom teachers and students alike. Her classes are creative, exciting and fun! She is a pleasure to work with!"
"Kate has been in theatre class with Jamie for several years. She has enjoyed the class tremendously and loves learning so much from Jamie. I was impressed with the level of professionalism and talent Jamie was able to draw from these young children. Creative and engaging warm up exercises at the start of each class continuing this process during rehearsals all the way to final show. Master of patience and concise direction to keep the children engaged and on point throughout the process of developing the character, to creating sets, designing costumes, props, and backstage etiquette. These children received an all over amazing experience having Jamie for a teacher."
"Jamie is a skilled and talented teaching artist. She is adaptable, a team player and is able to balance attending to the needs of the whole classroom as well as the individual child. Jamie is extremely professional while also bringing warmth and positive energy into every classroom she enters."