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Prior to serving as Principal of YES Prep Southside, Jamie Downs worked as the interim Director of Academics at YES Prep Hoffman.

Jamie was a 2007 Houston Teach For America Corps Member, who taught 6th grade English Language Arts at Fondren Middle School. He then worked for TFA in Kansas City before returning to Houston to attend the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program and teach at YES Prep North Forest.

Jamie later worked as an Assistant Principal at Sharpstown High School in the Houston Independent School District. At Sharpstown, he led over 275 students, coached 13 ELA teachers, spearheaded the PowerUp Initiative, and started The King’s Compass.

Jamie also served as the Principal at YES Prep Eisenhower before transferring to Southside.

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