Instructor & Newspaper Club Leader
Jamie Anderson is passionate about helping homeschool students become better communicators. As a homeschool mom herself, Anderson combines several years of online homeschool teaching experience with a career in radio broadcasting and public relations to offer a unique experience to students at Excelsior Classes.
Since September 2012, Jamie has taught speech communications online, after a decade of working with homeschool students in-person, following a public relations career that included training adults across the country how to confidently communicate their message in front of an audience or a news reporter.
Since 2013, Jamie has worked with homeschool students each school year to guide them in producing a monthly newspaper. Many of those students graduated, went on to college and used the skills they gained under her tutelage to work on a college newspaper, major in journalism or just use the team-building skills in their college and career endeavors.
In September 2019 she was invited back into the world of broadcasting to co-host an award-winning morning drive show on a Michigan adult contemporary radio station, but that career was cut short by the pandemic. Since then she has entered the world of podcast production, voicing the Graceful Dawn devotionals.
Jamie graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication. After working at radio stations in Iowa and Minnesota, she moved to Colorado for twelve years, working in public relations for the National Cattlemen’s Association.
She and her husband raised three sons in Michigan. Jim is a pilot and flight instructor for JetBlue Airways. Their oldest son is a Broadway stage manager. Their middle son has an aerospace engineering degree and works for a defense contractor. Their third son is pursuing his degrees to become a mental health counselor.
Jamie has been the county coordinator for Operation Christmas Child for more than ten years. Jamie is an active member of her church, teaching the Bible to women and 5th/6th grade students. She has ridden in an organized bike ride across Michigan seven times and in 2019 she discovered a new passion for throwing clay on a wheel.