Jamie Asaka felt a sense of clarity when she chose to focus her efforts on the fields of education and social justice to further help the youth of America. She graduated with B.A’s in Psychology and Asian American Studies from Pitzer College.
Jamie later earned her teaching certificate (K-8 generalist) from National Louis University while teaching 6th grade at Victor Herbert Elementary School in Chicago. She returned to Seattle soon after to be an 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Meany Middle School. Jamie selflessly dedicated several summers to the Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program (LEEP), where she taught math, geography, and English to 8th grade students from Seattle Public Schools. For the past 11 years, she has worked at Lakeside School in various capacities: Teacher, Student Life Department Head, Family and Student Support, and currently, Middle School Assistant Director.
Awards and Distinctions
Jamie also earned a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Seattle University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington. She has presented on a number of topics on Diversity and Inclusion, the Model Minority Myth, and Family Support in Independent School at the National Association for Independent Schools People of Color Conferences in various cities throughout the country.
Jamie has earned numerous distinctions such as Washington State Association Principals Recognition, University of Oregon Outstanding Educator Award, Michael Jordan Family Center Teacher of the Year, and the Allison de La Cruz Asian Pacific Islander Service Award.