Phone: Walker: 520-696-6549 Holaway: 520-696-6921
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Northern Arizona University
Ms. Jamie Kasen
Welcome to a brand new school year! My name is Ms. Jamie Kasen and I am the REACH/Gifted Education Specialist at Walker and Holaway Elementary Schools. I have been a teacher in the Amphitheater School District since 2006. My classroom teaching experience includes several years of REACH cluster model grouping/instruction. I love working with our gifted and talented kids, expanding their thinking and providing challenges to help them grow academically, socially, and emotionally. I have a passion for teaching STEM lessons and doing project-based learning activities.
Outside of the classroom, I love being a mom (my son is a college student), spending time with my family, playing with my dog, reading, traveling, and home decorating.
I will be splitting my time between Walker (T, W, Th) and Holaway (M, F); please feel free to contact me at any time!
Defining Moment in Education
While taking classes at NAU, I had a professor, Dr. M, who pushed me to work harder than I had ever worked before. Dr. M had very high expectations and she never accepted anything less than my best. She had a calm, peaceful presence about her and she always communicated that she expected greatness. Dr. M genuinely cared about my success. She was a person of integrity and I strive to be the kind of educator for my students that Dr. M was for me.
Core Educational Belief
I teach to instill a love of learning. I believe that building relationships with students and families is the key to student success. I strive to motivate young minds to want to go out into the world and make a difference.
Prior to becoming a REACH teacher, I taught 2nd grade at Walker for 11 years. I also taught summer school, tutored students in the ACHIEVE after school program, and led my school's Kindness Crew.
2014 Interstate Studios National Teacher of the Year
Education Degrees & Certification
Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education - Northern Arizona University
Gifted Education endorsement
Early Childhood Education endorsement