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."
selected work samples
Summer arts camp
As the Camp Director for Ridgeville Park District, Jamie developed and implemented curriculum for Arts Camp and Time Travelers Camp, which served campers ages 8-12. One week's theme for Arts Camp was the Olympics. To kick off the week, teams of students created their own imaginary countries. Together, they collaborated to design maps and flags for their countries. They also wrote and performed their own national anthems, developed team logos, competed in various events throughout the week, and granted each other special awards at a closing ceremony.
Solve It! is an after school engineering course that can be adapted to meet the needs of elementary students grades 1-6. Using teamwork and ingenuity, students work alone and in groups to solve engineering challenges. Activities involve using everyday household items like string, dry spaghetti, straws, stale marshmallows, cups, plastic bags, and tape to create cantilevers, bridges, parachutes, catapults, and Rube Goldberg machines.
Jamie had the pleasure of teaching upper elementary students at Chiaravalle Montessori School an after school costume design course. Inspired by her undergraduate training, Jamie designed a progressive curriculum to guide students through the process of translating character to clothing. After receiving an overview of costume history and learning rendering techniques, students explored archetypes as inspiration for costume design. After pulling an archetype description out of a hat, students used their rendering skills to design a costume to best convey the character. After their drawing was complete, each student handed their work to another student who, without knowing the archetype, wrote a character analysis based on the costume design. To conclude the project, students reflected as a group on the process to to identify what techniques and strategies were successful.
Jamie regularly teaches Miniatures, an after school arts class for students grades K-3, at Rogers Park Montessori School. Students work over the course of nine to twelve weeks to design and create their own fantastic miniature worlds complete with tiny people and animals.