Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Master of Education in Early Childhood Generalist (Early Childhood-4) Social Studies (4-8) English as a Second Language (Early Childhood-6) Principal Certification
Mrs. Jamie Brown, M. Ed.
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
--William Butler Yeats
To make a difference, to change lives, and to be a part of the extended village that helps make children succesful are all reasons why I chose to enter the field of education in the 1996-1997 school year. I was a senior in high school and had joined the Texas Association of Future Educators, a group of high school students that would intern at local elementary schools, to see if the field of education was right for me. At the end of an eye-opening, fun-filled year with first graders, I had no doubt that I had indeed been called to serve as an educator.
I continued my work with children as I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Houston. As a freshman, I worked at the university's early childhood development center. I continued my service to the community at the Nehemiah Neighborhood Center's after school program for the remainder of my time at U of H.
Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, I moved to a suburb north of Atlanta. It was there that I served as an educator at Alpharetta Methodist Christan Academy, and gained a wealth of knowlege, skills, and experience. My 8 years at that small private school were foundational for my career, and were instrumental in forming the caring and compassionate approach that I take towards educating all students today. While in Georgia, I went to Kennesaw State University where I earned a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Development.
I later moved to the DFW metroplex in the summer of 2010, and the rest (as they say) is history. This is my ninth year at THE Great James R. Bilhartz Jr. Elementary, and my seventeenth year in the field of education. I believe that everyone has gifts and talents specifically for them; though I don't necessarily have a special needs classroom, each and every child has a special need. As a student, I was encouraged and inspired by the teachers in my life. As a teacher I hope to positively impact the students that I have the privilege of serving each day.