Jamie is motivated to empower youth to see the wonder in all areas of science and sustainability. Originally from the Midwest, she attended the University of Miami to study marine biology, travelled abroad for a year in Australia studying kangaroo immunology, and then returned to the United States and completed a Ph.D. in human immunology at Yale University. After co-leading a team of graduate school educators Jamie was offered a job at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as a Science Content Specialist in the Professional Development department. In this role she was challenged each week to design curriculum and lead workshops on a range of topics for kindergarten through high school educators. Prior to working at Metro, Jamie worked at two elementary schools in Portland as a Science Enrichment Educator, STEAM Coordinator, and student Green Team facilitator. In 2015, she was nominated and awarded the Sigma Xi Columbia Willamette Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year thanks to testimonials to “Dr. Jamie” from former students. At Metro, Jamie loves thinking about how sustainability curriculum can be adjusted to make it more inclusive to all students in our region. She encourages youth to speak up about environmental problems that they see in their community and challenges them to work together to come up with solutions.
“It’s not enough to just have science. Science needs to be translated into useable pieces so that it is accessible to everyone. It’s these bite-size nuggets that help people connect science to their lived experiences.” – Jamie