Jamie Myers

Jamie Myers

Vice-President, Education and Community Engagement


PBS SoCaL

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Always wanted to be a teacher from the time I was very young.
Graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.
Taught in Chicago Public Schools for one year before heading back to Grad School.
Feel in love with Educational Technology.
Finally got a job (multiple jobs) working in Ed Tech.
Thought I might be a principal or District Superintendent and got a Masters in Educational Leadership.
Moved to California from Chicago and got a job at PBS SoCaL in 2009.
Became Vice-President of Education and Community Engagement at PBS SoCaL in 2012.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Northern Illinois University
graduate
Graduate
Elementary Education and Teaching
Northern Illinois University
Career

Career

Vice-President, Education and Community Engagement

I work on all the education and outreach projects for the Southern California PBS Station.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Television
Television
Education
Education
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

The best part of my job is working with the community organizations we partner with and reaching out to the families, teachers, and students they support. I train teachers and parents. I attend meetings to plan for projects and then I work to execute those projects. I work with an amazing team! I get to bring the fantastic PBS KIDS resources out to the community everyday in so many ways.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Great communication skills, organization, and the ability to multi task. I would also recommend volunteering or getting an internship to see what the job is really like. PBS SoCaL hosts interns each semester.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Anyone looking to work in Education in public media should pursue a degree in Education or Communications. You will need some experience in a classroom setting (doesn't mean you have to teach).

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Elementary Education and Teaching
graduate
Graduate
Educational/Instructional Technology
certification
Certification/License
Administrative Credential
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You should stay in the classroom even though you might not want to since it is a good job or you should go back to the classroom (once I left)."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial