South Boston Catholic Academy’s new Assistant Principal Jamie Brown has always known she wanted to be a teacher.
“I have always been passionate about educating. I was that little girl who had a full blown classroom in my basement. I’d make worksheets and give quizzes, much to the dismay of my younger brother. I even decorated bulletin boards for the seasons and holidays. Around 7th grade my mom eventually had to disband it- she then let me help her out in her classroom at school.” (Jamie’s mom teaches first grade in New Jersey.)
Jamie is no stranger to SBCA, however. She has been teaching at the school since 2010. She’s a double eagle (undergrad and master degrees from Boston College) and a graduate of their prestigious Lynch Leadership Academy which establishes a national model for strengthening leadership among school leaders across district, charter, and Catholic urban schools.
Before coming to SBCA, Jamie worked at Boston College where she first became interested in coaching and developing teachers.
“As International Practicum Coordinator, I placed undergraduate teaching majors across the globe in practicum teaching experiences and I coached them virtually. We had 30 teachers spread across 6 continents,” she explains.
CIS: What are your responsibilities in your new role at SBCA?
JB: “As our school community continues to grow, I see myself as as a collaborator between teachers, students, families, and community members. I plan our teachers’ professional development, get into the classroom, and currently, we are working with teachers to use data that we have about students to plan targeted, differentiated learning experiences in our classrooms. I have also been working on developing the Extended Day Program so that it is a true extension of our learning day. We have many students with us until 5:30 and we want to make sure it is an enriching part of their day. We have dedicated homework and learning time, yoga, robotics, dance lessons, a math and logic club and some fun themed days.”
CIS: Do you miss teaching?
JB: “Of course! I was a teacher first and teaching brings me great joy. However, a mentor of mine, who is a principal in Newton, once said that instead of having a classroom of students, the whole building is like one big classroom, so I like to look at it that way. I love working with all of the students and teachers in the building from Pre-K through 6, and enjoy constantly thinking how we can continue to make SBCA a school that is filled with academic excellence, faith, and community.”
The New Jersey native and her husband just bought a condominium on West Broadway and the newlyweds are calling South Boston home. CIS wishes Mrs. Brown and all the awesome SBCA teachers and staff a wonderful school year!
If you would like to learn more about SBCA you can visit their website! SBCA will also be hosting a special get together at the Playwright on Thursday, October 27th from 6-8. Run, Southie Run! SBCA Jingle Bell Road Race Mixer is hoping to get some volunteers and runners for their annual road race fundraiser in December!