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When:   January 10, 2006 4:00pm
Where:   Pierson College Master's House, 231 Park Street
Type:   Meeting

Pierson College Presents... A Master's Tea with: Jason Kamras 2005 National Teacher of the Year 1996 Teach For America Corps Member About Jason: Having a bachelor's degree from Princeton and a master's from Harvard meant Jason Kamras had many career options. 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. Through this work, Kamras became convinced of one thing- limited access to well-funded, high quality schools for economically disadvantaged students is the greatest social injustice facing America today. And every day for eight years he has helped chip away at that inequity in is work as a teacher at John Philip Sousa Middle School in Washington, DC. Recently recognized as the 2005 National Teacher of the Year, Jason began his career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching at Sousa Middle School. He remained at the school for eight years, contributing to its curricular changes and increased academic achievement. In addition to virtually revamping the school's math program for much greater success, Jason co-founded and directed the EXPOSE program, in which students use digital cameras and computer software to create autobiographical photo-essays about their lives and communities. For this work, Jason was awarded the 2001 Mayor's Art Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.

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