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- BS Education, OSU
- MS Telecommunications Systems Engineering, OU
- Pursuing Ph.D in Arts and Technology, UT-Dallas
- Texas Certified Teacher Technology Applications EC-12, Generalist 4-8
During Jami’s years as a technology educator, she came to realize how vital technology education is in the preparation of people, young and old, to achieve success in all endeavors set before them. Jami’s professional goal is to take her education experience, technology experience, and management experience and combine them into a trichotomy of expertise to share and utilize in other fields among the education world. Jami believes that education curricula should be implemented utilizing best practices related to their use in school programs based on research, pilot programs, and state/national standards. In her quest for a successful and meaningful course infrastructure, she has worked with administrators and school leadership teams to provide access to resources that insure student success. It is important to facilitate community partnerships with parents, schools, and home school groups to support academic successes. Jami has worked with district facilitators to provide continued education, lesson plan development, and information resources for district communities. As a teacher of thirteen years, Jami has seen technology needs for students grow from a luxury into a necessity. A multiple award winning educator and honor student, Jami has taught students in core classes as well has technology classes ranging in ages 5-17. Students’ learning styles have changed in the way they see and process information, delivery of content, and the way they reciprocate the information or talk. Current times have shown that students’ success is based on their ability to master technology and grow into a creative and competitive member of society.
During the last six years as a teacher Jami has taught and designed curriculum centered around video production, broadcast, 3D animation, 2D animation, digital graphics, photography, and graphic design. She has witnessed children that otherwise struggle academically or behaviorally in their core classes, thrive and grow in technology classes. She centers her lessons around the theory of problem based learning thus not only teaching the students skills that can be utilized in the future but also the most important skill of all; ability to problem solve and think for themselves. As an educator her passion is guiding students into a world of self-actualization and creativeness. During her tenure as a teacher the past six years she has worked cooperatively with her colleague and business partner, Yulia Piller, to develop curriculum that has been adopted district wide throughout Frisco Independent School District. She has also developed and taught many professional development sessions for other teachers in the district.
Jami has a Master’s of Science in Telecommunications Systems Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Oklahoma State University. As a PhD student in the Arts & Technology department at University of Texas at Dallas her research is focused on the effects of technology education in the results of student standardized achievement. Her belief is that technology education presented in a problem based learning style environment will improve a student’s ability to problem solve and think independently. She also works cooperatively with the UTD ATEC department PhD program to develop data into a well rounded attribute to support the sociological and philosophic studies of the convergence of Arts and Technology.