Welcome! My name is Jamie Weisz and I am excited to start my TWENTIETH 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 to get closer to family and friends. This is my eleventh year in the Anoka Hennepin School District; serving as a special education teacher here at Champlin Park High School teaching small group math and co-taught Algebra II. 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.
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:
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.
In February 2021, Minnesota Educator magazine did a feature story about my creative approach to motivating students during distance and hybrid learning.
VIDEOS I HAVE COORDINATED FOR MY STUDENTS
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.
A huge thanks to Warner Music Group for coordinating the below video messages from Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots) and Why Don't We
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
The rep for NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre reached out to me in March of 2022 to let me know that he and Brett were in town for a coaching clinic and that Brett would like to do something special for my students while he was in town. Here is a video link from our Brett Favre event.
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.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson made this great message for my students in addition to sending a nice handwritten message for my students.
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.
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.
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Thanks to one of the great athletes of all time for taking the time to make this special video for our students.
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.
A special thanks to McLaren Racing for coordinating a video message from Formula 1 drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo
Simone Biles is arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time. Here is “flippin” fun video she made for my students.
A special thanks to GEICO and The Martin Agency for coordinating this video with Jake Wood (voiceover of the Gecko).
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!
Minnesota native Andrew Zimmern (chef and foodie) along with his film team cooked up this great video for my program.
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.
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.
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.”
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
Co-Taught Algebra IIA
Co-Taught Algebra IIA
Essential Math IVA
Essential Math IVB
Co-Taught Algebra IIB
Essential Math IVB
Essential Math III
Co-Taught Algebra IIB
Essential Math IIIB
Jamie WeiszSpecial Education TeacherChamplin Park High School6025 109th Ave NChamplin, MN firstname.lastname@example.org