Preschool/Summer Camp Teacher
Hi! I am Jamie Keller a Toddler Program Teacher and the School-Age Summer Camp Teacher here at Building Blocks Preschool. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2020. I joined the Building Blocks family in September of 2011 as the Before and After School Age Care Teacher. I graduated from Oakland Community College with my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and I am pursing my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Oakland University.
Since 2012, I’ve had the opportunity to teach the School Age Creative Arts and Outdoor Summer Camp program. I enjoy working with children of all ages and it gives me the opportunity to share my love of nature, art and performing arts with the children.
I have over twenty years of performing arts and dance experience, while teaching it for thirteen years to kids of all ages. From ages eight to eighteen, I was a member of the Nationally Award Winning “Classy Dancer” Dance troupe. My most memorable experience was being hand- picked by Debbie Allen to perform in a National competition in Hollywood, California, being awarded first place overall in Michigan and third overall Nationally. I have performed in numerous musicals throughout my life starting at age three and have directed and choreographed two children’s musicals. I am a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor, spending hours studying the safest techniques to enhance muscle growth, strength and flexibility in children of all ages. I am currently teaching dance at The 8th Count Dance Studio. With performing arts and dance being such an important part of my life, I enjoy sharing it with Building Blocks Preschool.
Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed teaching and being around children. Starting at age nine I started assisting in younger classes at my dance studio. From there I started teaching my own classes at age eleven. After I graduated high school, I knew that I wanted to work with children for the rest of my life. When I started taking classes at Oakland Community College, I was working at an after school program called “Kids Klub” in West Bloomfield. I realized that working with younger children was where I wanted to be. Children inspire me to continually be creative and optimistic.
I absolutely love working at Building Blocks! While growing up in Michigan I developed a strong love for nature and the environment. I had the special opportunity of having grandparents that owned a farm in the Upper Peninsula, teaching me how to care for, nurture, and respect all aspects of nature. This attitude towards nature has carried over to my daily interactions with the children. Building Blocks allows me to use the outdoors as a second classroom, helping me to share this passion with them.