Jamie was born and raised in in Syracuse, New York, and joined the Army right out of high school. He served four years as a Korean linguist, and two years as a photo-journalist in the Florida National Guard. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature, a master’s degree in education, and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation in educational leadership.
Over the years, Jamie has worked in Korea, Thailand, China, and Vietnam. He worked in New York City as the training manager for the Metropolitan Opera, and he was an innkeeper in Virginia. He has taught kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades, as well as middle and high school English and Humanities. He has run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and traveled the entire Mekong River by boat, truck, train, and elephant caravan.
While running a group of schools in Bangkok, Thailand, Jamie met a wonderful teacher from Kansas City. They have been married for ten years, have a young son and an old dog, and live in North Ogden.
One of Jamie's favorite quotes is: "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Danielle, known to most as Miss W., grew up in St. Paul, MN. She had an idyllic childhood filled with memories of playing in the snow in the winter and spending time “Up North” at the lake or on the farm with her extended family in the summer. She is a true Minnesotan through and through, and every once in a while you will hear her accent creep into certain words, especially after visiting family.
Danielle loves sports. Growing up she competed in gymnastics, soccer and hockey. In the end, she decided to play for a traveling soccer team. Miss W. still plays soccer to this day. When she is not playing sports (or hiking), you will find her with her nose in a book. She loves to read! Although she reads a variety of books, her favorite genre is historical fiction. Suggestions please!
After high school, Danielle went on to the University of Minnesota to pursue her dream of teaching and she became a true Golden Gopher fan. On any given Saturday afternoon you could find Miss W. cheering on her beloved Golden Gopher football team. During the winter, on any Friday or Saturday night you could find her cheering on the hockey team. Ski-u-mah! She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and followed it by earning her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. After graduation, she was ready for a change and packed up her Volkswagen Jetta with all that she owned and drove west, landing in Layton, Utah.
Prior to working at Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning, Danielle taught for 7 years as a first and/or second grade teacher. She has experience in both traditional and multi-age classrooms and fell in love with the multi-age experience, which brought back fond memories of when she was in elementary school. She had the same teacher from first through third grade and from fourth through sixth grade.
Danielle loves coming to work every day. Her joy lies in watching and working with teachers and students as they realize that “nothing is impossible as long as you are humble and have grit.”