Once a month we will feature a new teacher here on the website. Get to know some of our new teachers, and learn something new about the veterans.
About: Jamie Faulkner
Where are you from? Born and raised right here in Lincoln MA
Any siblings? One older sister, who is now a mom of my niece Maggie, and expecting another in March!
How do you de-stress? I teach a cardio-kickboxing class which is great stress relief! I also like to run, listen to music, and delve into a good book or TV series.
Tell us about your education? I grew up right here in Lincoln, went to LPS and then LS. Now I have my Bachelors degree in English writing from Westfield State University.
Before working at LEAP, what other jobs did you have? My first “real” job was at the Codman Pool, then I worked at Lincoln Summer Camp, and I worked at LEAP during my senior year of high school, and again after college. I’ve also worked as a copywriting assistant, a barista at Panera, and a stint as a bank-teller.
Fun Fact about yourself? I’ve been sky-diving twice, and fallen off a motorcycle—but I lived to tell the tale!
What are your long-term career goals and aspirations? Although I love working with kids, my real passion lies in writing. I love to tell stories and communicate the amazing things in this world. Someday I’d like to work in communications for an education company, blogging and telling stories of the amazing things that kids and teachers are doing!
Tell us about your role and position at LEAP? This is my second year as the 1st and 2nd grade coordinator, before that I was the kindergarten coordinator. I am also taking over the website and social media pages as the communications director.
What about LEAP made you want to work here in the first place? I went to LEAP as a kid! While I was working at Lincoln Summer Camp, a few of the counselors were also LEAP teachers. They convinced me to come on board—that was in 2008! I just keep coming back!
What is your proudest memory at LEAP? I have to pick one? I have a lot of proud moments, but I think my favorite is when a student who had been struggling at LEAP got LEAPer of the Week. I know that every kid here has the ability to be a great student and a great friend! Seeing someone who is struggling accomplish something like that is just awesome!
What is your favorite activity at LEAP? I love doing projects, but I think my favorite thing to do is play games like “Two Truths and a Lie” and “Where the Wind Blows.” It’s a great way to learn about the kids and find things you didn’t know you had in common.
Rapid Fire Favorites:
Quote: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no-one alive who is youer than you!” –Dr. Suess
Playground activity: Monkey Bars
Rainy day activity: Fuse-Beads
Sport: Volleyball or Street Hockey
Snack-food: Carrots and Peppers with Hummus
School Subject: English