Jamie graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 with a degree in teaching French and German. She was a teacher from 1987 to 1997, during which time she also earned her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction at National-Louis University. Between 1997 and 2016, Jamie worked as a coordinator of talented and gifted programs, a director of student services and special education, a principal, a director of secondary education and a director of career and technical education. In 2013, Jamie enrolled in a Ph.D. program at NC State in educational research and policy analysis. She is currently completing her dissertation.
In her spare time, Jamie likes to knit, read, surf, play with her dogs, and spend time with her family.