Vashon, Washington ⎜ jamie@kickassteacher.com509.557.8793

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The health and happiness of the teachers is what matters.

There is no training, program, or curriculum that will impact students the way happy teachers will.

My Story

I decided that I would teach with integrity even if I got fired for it.

This is my first day in my very own classroom waiting to meet my bilingual 3rd graders for the first time.

Even though I was blessed to work with over 3,000 at risk youth, I still felt like I wasn’t able to have the impact I knew I had the potential to create.

When I first went into teaching, I truly believed that I would have the chance to empower kids to question everything and LOVE learning. I still remember the day I was handed my first script to teach reading.

 

I thought, “WTF?!! I have a Master's in literacy and just because I’m a sub they think I need a script to do my job.”

You can imagine how crushed I was to discover that this script was not only for substitutes.

I chose to break a lot of rules for my students and the integrity of my profession and fully expected to be fired  many times. But I wasn't fired.

 

I was given awards and recognition like STEM teacher of the year, but having to fight harmful policies and mandates just to do my best work exhausted me to the point of trying to give up teaching completely.

 

After $14K in pay cuts and more and more punitive mandates crushing not only me but my students, I left teaching never to return...

or so I thought.

I decided to join the Peace Corps intending to do ANYTHING but teach. Alas, I was stationed as a mentor English teacher in Indonesia for 2 years. And, that’s where I discovered that the system wasn’t what mattered.

The health and happiness of the teachers is what matters.

Now, I’ve been fortunate enough to teach and mentor over 450 educators and administrators internationally, which is where I learned that I do have a voice at the decision making table.

 

I know what it’s like to want to do amazing work for my students in a context that can be frustrating, overwhelming, and discouraging.

I also know what it’s like to let go of the belief that I have no control over my job and instead claim my autonomy and authority over my time, my workload, and my purpose in the classroom.

After 20 years of teaching everything from an urban 4th grade bilingual classroom, to an Islamic high school in the rice paddies of Indonesia, and developing a brand new alternative program, I’m passionate about my role helping schools and teachers make more time for self-care and personally meaningful work.

I know that there is no training, program or curriculum, that will impact students the way happy teachers will!

I want all educators to feel their worth and brilliance.

 

I am looking for amazing schools and educators who want to team up to make self-care and superb quality of life non-negotiable. We are worth it!

Love,

Vision & Mission
 

My vision is global love and world peace and I believe that can be achieved through HAPPY TEACHERS!

I am here to help hard working educators in a way they have never been helped before. I want to show you how you can keep rocking your profession without giving up health, happiness and hot dates!
 

In a profession which requires things like empathy, compassion, and kindness, educators need more than professional development. Personal devleopment and self-care support are essential for success.

Who Should Work With Me?
 

What would it be like to live life like YOU mattered more than test scores, parent complaints, grading, or evaluations? What has to change in your life for that to happen?


The big difference is...

This is a good fit for you if you are looking for:

Personal development, and

Ways to improve your quality of life.

This is not a good fit for you if you are looking for:

Professional development, or

How you can improve your teaching.

THIS WORK IS ABOUT YOU AND GETTING WHAT YOU NEED TO KEEP DOING THE AMAZING WORK YOU DO

Book your Teacher's Tea Consultation and get clarity and resources for you to start transforming your life & teaching right now!

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“MY SESSION WITH JAMIE GAVE ME TRUE CLARITY. SHE HAS THE UNCANNY ABILITY TO GET ME TO DO THE TASKS I'D RATHER AVOID, BY BREAKING THEM DOWN AND MAKING THEM APPEAR MANAGEABLE- NOW THEY ARE!"

DEBBIE R. / LABYRINTH LIFE COACHING / BELLEVUE, WA

"I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! I GLEANED SO MANY GOOD IDEAS...PLUS IT WAS SO GOOD TO JUST SEE JAMIE. SHE IS SUCH AN ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TEACHERS. SHE TRULY KNOWS HER STUFF AND WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE IN THE TRENCHES WITH US! SHE UNDERSTANDS THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES OF TEACHING IN OUR AREA!"

PAULET D. / FIRST GRADE TEACHER / OMAK, WA

YOU ARE INVITED

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In My Spare Time


 

I’m a photographer who travels the world in pursuit of peace and perspective. I’ve served as a missionary in Ghana, Mexico and India — and most recently, spent two years in Indonesia as a Peace Corps volunteer. To learn more about these adventures, visit my blog.

Jamie was named the best spiritual guide for Peace Corps Indonesia Volunteers.

ID7 Peace Corps Indonesia, 2013-2015