• Welcome! My name is Jamie Weisz and I am excited to start my NINETEENTH year as a special education teacher.  I am originally from Bismarck, North Dakota and I am a graduate of Mandan High School. I attended the University of North Dakota from 1997 to 2003 earning my B.S. in Elementary Education and M.Ed. in Special Education. In the summer of 2001, I furthered my educational and leadership skills by working at the United States Space & Rocket Center (NASA Affiliate) in Huntsville, Alabama.  As a Space Camp Counselor, I had the privilege of instructing children of all ages, even adults, about the history of space exploration through lectures, hands-on activities, and space shuttle simulations. It was the best summer job, ever!  I spent my first seven years of teaching in Cadillac, Michigan (near Traverse City, MI) then moved to Minneapolis teaching in Apple Valley and Faribault. The past seven years I served as a special education teacher at Coon Rapids High School teaching math in a small group and co-teaching setting. Earlier this summer I accepted a special education teaching position at Champlin Park High School. I am excited for this new opportunity to apply my skills and experience to make this a successful school year for your student. Outside of school, I like to swim, bike, camp, fish, and travel. I also enjoy attending concerts and sporting events at the many venues Minneapolis/St. Paul has to offer. 

     

     

    In October 2020,  I sat down with Dave Schwartz from NBC affiliate KARE 11 to have a conversation about ways in which I have motivated and connected with students outside the boundaries of teaching and classroom instruction during these unprecendented times in education.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MV6llKRwqo

     

     

    During the 2017-2018 school year, I was asked by our administrative team at Coon Rapids High School to serve as the "Kindness Coordinator" to promote a culture of kindness in our building by implementing and overseeing student led kindness activities.  My kindness efforts were featured in the May 2018 issue of Reader's Digest in addition to being recognized with awards at the local and national level. Throughout the year I also coordinated various celebrity messages for students to watch on our daily announcements.  Here is a video with introductions of all the individuals followed by their kindness message:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeHCUFZXyBM&feature=youtu.be

     

     

    In July 2020, Reader’s Digest did a follow up article titled, “These 12 Nicest Places in America Will Tug at Your Heartstrings” which highlights my schoolwide kindness efforts during our Kindness Matters campaign.

    https://www.rd.com/list/best-towns-in-america/

     

     

    In February 2021, Minnesota Educator magazine did a feature story about my creative approach to motivating students during distance and hybrid learning.

    https://www.educationminnesota.org/news/minnesota-educator/2020-21/01-21/Special-ed-teacher-motivates-students-with-special

     

     

    VIDEOS I HAVE COORDINATED FOR MY STUDENTS 

     

    MUSIC

    My friend Eric Carpenter was one of the original members of No Doubt before leaving the band to pursue a career in journalism. He has shared many great stories about his No Doubt musical journey which started when he and his high school band friends decided to start a musical group, record an album and tour the U.S. in rented vans (barely making enough money to cover gas expenses).  My friendship with Eric has resulted in continued support of my special needs program from Gwen Stefani’s management team as well as “The Voice” publicity team.  Below is a video message sent to me from Gwen Stefani.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61jDtTO5xRU

     

    A huge thanks to Warner Music Group for coordinating the below video messages from Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots) and Why Don't We

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ioXAMKvvOc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7oe2U6rJwc

     

     

    NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

    Thanks to the NFL on Fox studio hosts Curt Menefee, Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Strahan and Gina/production crew for working with me to make this video for my students.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu87BIiErd8&fbclid=IwAR0G02N8yT_WxOq2HwA6TRTjeb2Z3n2CFdJCsrVYchZK9bge8BoOSQWWloA

     

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson made this great message for my students in addition to sending a nice handwritten message for my students.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Digtf-5L0WI

     

    NFL running back Adrian Peterson (former Minnesota Vikings player/current Detroit Lion) made this nice video message for the students when he played in Washington. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dycwLD2xu6M

     

    NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

    A special thanks to Lenny Daniels (President of Turner Sports), Ben, and the NBA on TNT crew for coordinating this video with Shaq, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, and Kenny Smith.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5uZJq7HXDs

     

    NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

    Thanks to the agent of Alexis Lafrenière, the 2020 NHL #1 overall draft pick of the New York Rangers, for coordinating this video for my students.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=qVZGtT4SAwo&fbclid=IwAR2RCPcLmtuAWbyck1GUp6EKsTNhrbTup97-5d2mWT_pH6kJPyWAZmr5m8U

     

    UFC

    Former UFC fighter/current WWE wrestler Ronda Rousey (who also happens to be a North Dakota native like myself) made this knockout script to motivate my students.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypGoeVNlHow

         

    FORMULA ONE

    A special thanks to McLaren Racing for coordinating a video message from drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiC6B3sUtUQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph3Rp0CaPOA

     

    GYMNASTICS

    Simone Biles is arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time. Here is “flippin” fun video she did for my students.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAAiuccrLPk

     

    ENTERTAINMENT/BUSINESS

    A special thanks to GEICO and The Martin Agency for coordinating this video with Jake Wood (voiceover of the Gecko).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olXVZSVrA0c

     

    Our Minions friends made this great video message for my students.  Enjoy :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVnT45hl1KM

     

    Thanks to Ali Z. (Senior Vice President, Communications NBC News) for coordinating this video featuring television personality and “The Voice” host Carson Daly.  A great message for my students!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qZQcvr1NV8

     

    Minnesota native Andrew Zimmern (chef and foodie) along with his film team cooked up this great video for my program.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mG3IJ-YT8Y

     

    David Barnett (CEO/Inventor-PopSockets) has been a great supporter of my special needs program by donating customized "CR" (school logo) PopSockets for my students to earn throughout the year.  A special thanks to Michael Zakin (Vice President of Social Impact at PopSockets and a former Golden Globe winner for "Mozart in the Jungle") for taking time to coordinate this video for my class.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkV0C9yAUZE

     

    North Dakota native and actor Josh Duhamel has been a great supporter of my special needs program, due in large part to him being a good friend to my cousin, Scott. Josh recently filmed a movie titled "Buddy Games," and my cousin, along with a group of friends, made a brief cameo appearance. Thanks to Josh for producing this great video for my students.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCsfAs0s5QA

     

    The movie “RUDY” is based on the real-life events of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger and his passion and persistence to accomplish a dream.  All his life, people told Rudy he’s not good enough, not smart enough, not big enough.  But nothing stopped his passion for playing football at the University of Notre Dame.  Here is a great video message from the real “Rudy.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx19tIwZRH4

     

    Awards/Honors

    Minnesota Teacher of the Year Semifinalist, 2021

    PACER Unity Award (Kindness Coordinator-Kindness Matters Campaign), 2017

    Minnesota Promising Practice Award (Kindness Coordinator-Kindness Matters Campaign), 2017

  • Teaching Schedule:
     

     

     Tri 1

     Tri 2

    Tri 3

     Period 1

    Co-Teach Adv Algebra

    Co-Teach Adv Algebra

    Co-Teach Prob & Stats

     Period 2

    Prep Hour

    Prep Hour

    Prep Hour

     Period 3

    Essential Math IVA

    Essential Math IIIA

    Essential Math IIIB

     Period 4

    Homebase

    Homebase

    Essential Math IVB

     Period 5

    Co-Teach Adv Algebra

    Co-Teach Geometry

    Homebase

     
     
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    Jamie Weisz
    Special Education Teacher
    Champlin Park High School
    6025 109th Ave N  
    Champlin, MN 55316
    jamie.weisz@ahschools.us