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May 8, 2005
Jason Kamras
2005 National Teacher of the Year
Jason Kamras BIO:
He is a mathematics teacher and instructional specialist at John Philip Sousa Middle School, a District of Columbia Public School. He was named 2005 National Teacher of the Year by President George W. Bush at a White House ceremony on April 20, 2005. He is the fifty-fifth National Teacher of the Year and the first to represent the District of Columbia. He begins a year as a full-time national and international spokesperson for education on June 1, 2005.

PREVIOUS:
· Teacher at John Philip Sousa Middle School, DC Public Schools.
· 9/02-Present, 7th & 8th Mathematics; 9/00-6/02 7th & 8th Social Studies; 9/96-6/99 6th Mathematics.
· Co-founded in 1999 & directed the EXPOSE Program where students learn to use digital cameras as well as image-editing and DVD-creation software to create autobiographical photo-essays about their lives and their communities.
· Joined Sousa in 1996 as a member of Teach For America, a program that places recent college graduates in under-resourced urban and rural public schools.
· Worked in Jerusalem for the Israel Democracy Institute, a non-profit, research-based organization that aids Israel as a democracy.
· During the summer between his sophomore and junior years at Princeton, he joined the university’s Student Volunteers Council, serving as a tutor for elementary school students in Trenton, New Jersey, and as a Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) counselor for inmates at the Mercer County (New Jersey) Correctional Facility.
· His decision to choose teaching was influenced by a college experience as a Volunteer in Service to America teacher in a Sacramento (California) Unified School District community learning center.

AWARDS:
District of Columbia Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2005; Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher 2003; Ward 7 (District of Columbia) Teacher of the Year 2003; Exemplary DCPS Resident Mentor Teacher 2003; Exemplary DCPS “After School for All” Instructor 2003; Mayor’s Art Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education 2001; Sousa Middle School Outstanding Service Award 1999.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University and a Master's Degree in Education from Harvard University.

PERSONAL:
Born in New York and moved to California with his family when he was three years old. He graduated in 1991 from Rio Americano High School in the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento.

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Info: He discusses his experiences as a teacher and the future of public education. Mr. Kamras is a mathematics teacher at John Philip Sousa Middle School in Washington, DC. He was named the fifty-fifth National Teacher of the Year and the first to represent the District earlier this month by President Bush at a White House ceremony.





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