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Jamie Youngblood named Teacher of the Year

Silsbee Chamber of Commerce recognizes Youngblood's dedication to education.

OCTOBER 5, 2020 – The Silsbee Chamber of Commerce graciously recognized former Silsbee High School math teacher Jamie Youngblood as its 2020 Teacher of the Year.

The award, normally presented during the Silsbee ISD breakfast convocation in August, was postponed until Monday, October 5 due to COVID-19 regulations. Silsbee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sonja Kelley presented the award.

Youngblood, who has currently been promoted to Silsbee ISD Instruction Technology Coordinator, was nominated by Silsbee High School Principal J. Scott Schwartz.

“Jamie has meant so much to us as a Silsbee High School teacher,” he said. “She has put kids needs first and embodies what it means to promote Tiger Nation. She has truly distinguished herself as student-centered, and a problem-solving educator, who puts her colleagues and her school first.”

Prior to her promotion, Youngblood served as a math teacher at Silsbee High School for five years in subjects that included AP Statistics, Pre-AP/Dual Credit Geometry, Pre-AP  Algebra 2, and other various math courses. She entered Silsbee High School as a second-year teacher from Vidor ISD.

She became the Math Department chair for Silsbee High School and during that time, began to study for a master’s degree, which she recently received from Lamar University.

While at Silsbee High School, she served as a swim coach for one year, and served as the Silsbee High School Student Council sponsor for three years, one of the most active student groups on campus.

“I am both humbled and honored to have been named Teacher of the Year,” she said. “I would like to thank our Silsbee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for choosing me, and I would also like to thank Scott Schwartz for his kind words he wrote in the nomination letter. Great teachers are the product of unique students, supportive coworkers, and reassuring mentors, and I was blessed with all of these.”

During the COVID-19 shutdown of schools in the spring of 2020, Youngblood continued to provide solutions to technological problems for remote learning options, aiding teachers to provide education to students online during the pandemic while she continued her position as math teacher. She also continued to train teachers in various ways to efficiently keep track of grades.

Jaime and her husband Mike have three sons, Mason, Ethan, and CJ.

Jamie Youngblood accepts award

Jamie Youngblood (center) accepts the Teacher of the Year award from Silsbee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sonja Kelley alongside Silsbee ISD Superintendent Dr. Gregg Weiss.