"I believe my impact is in helping set up systems that create opportunities for students to be successful," says Jim Jamieson, principal of Willamette High School in Eugene. Under Mr. Jamieson's leadership, and with the support of community businesses and agencies, the school has been redesigned to become a Workforce Development School, offering an internship program that allows students to apply what they learn in school to their real lives. In order to provide a comprehensive support system for teen parents in particular, Mr. Jamieson headed the effort that has resulted in the school's Infant-Toddler Center. On other fronts, Mr. Jamieson has also helped organize programs to combat racial intolerance, he has actively sought out ways of allowing parents a greater voice in the school's decision-making process, and he is currently overseeing the implementation of the Oregon Reform Law at his school.
Since retirement in 2010, Mr. Jamieson has been a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates in Lane County. For 6 years he taught volunteers entering the program and trained Peer Coordinators who supported the volunteers. He is a volunteer at the Thomas Egan Warming Centers for teens and serves on the Homeless Youth Homeless Solutions Work Group in Lane County.
1970 Lewis Clark State College, B.A.