Jamie has been teaching children languages for over 12 years. After earning her BA in Theater from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she moved to Paris where she started her first after-school club teaching and leading activities in English. Living in Paris reignited her passion for the French language, which was only amplified by her new interest in exploring foreign cultures.
She then spent over 7 years in Toulouse, France where she taught English to children ages 5-12 in the public school system and studied Language Acquisition at the Université de Toulouse II- Le Mirail. She also worked as an instructor at the local teachers college, preparing future teachers to teach English in their classrooms.
After moving to Portland in the fall of 2009, she was inspired to put her talents and passions in early childhood second language learning to use. Children are more likely to succeed in learning second and even third languages if they are exposed to other cultures early.
In addition to Culture Club, Jamie is currently an adjunct French teacher at the Northwest Academy and has taught at the Alliance Française. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for language learning with your children.