Jami D.H. Dunham earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University in 2000, majoring in English and French, with a minor in Elementary Education. Jami began her teaching career in the DC Public Schools system, spending four years at Truesdell Elementary in Northwest, DC. During her first teaching year, Jami was awarded the “First Class Award,” an award given to one rookie teacher a year in recognition of exemplary work in the classroom. At Truesdell, Jami taught fifth and sixth grades in both a self-contained and departmentalized setting, and also served as a grade level chair, cheerleading and basketball coach, Washington Teacher’s Union representative, and administrative intern.
In 2004, Jami ventured into the charter community and began teaching at DC Preparatory Academy (DC Prep) as a fifth and sixth grade English and Language Arts teacher. During her three years at DC Prep, Jami served as a mentor teacher, administrative intern, and assistant principal, while earning her Master of Science degree in Education Administration in 2005 from Trinity University. In 2007, Jami transitioned to Paul Public Charter School and spent two years serving as the Director of Curriculum, Training, and Instruction. In 2009, Jami was promoted to Head of School at Paul PCS, providing academic, operational, and strategic leadership. Jami began working with the school’s board of trustees on expanding the school and successfully led the charge to amend the school’s charter to offer high school grades. In August 2013, Paul PCS opened Paul International High School with grades 9-10. Transitioning to Chief Executive Officer, Jami now manages two schools in the Paul PCS network, Paul Middle School and Paul International High School. Jami supports the school principals and directors, collaborates with the board of trustees, serves as the organizations liaison with external agencies and partners, and focuses on marketing and promoting the organization. During Jami’s tenure at Paul, the organization has been ranked as a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board for three consecutive years, has been recognized by GreatSchools DC, and has consistently outperformed the state and the charter sector average on state assessments.
Outside of the classroom, Jami spent eight years leading a non-profit youth organization (1998-2006), the DC Redwings Youth Organization, of which she was co-founder with her husband, Desmond Dunham. She served as a coach and member of the board with the Redwings. She and her husband grew the organization from serving fifteen young athletes in its first year, to nearly one hundred and fifty young athletes within seven years, providing not only athletic coaching, but expanding to offer SAT prep, literacy and math support, and mentoring for girls. The DC Redwings serviced over three hundred youth ages 5-18 in the DC Metropolitan Area. Jami resides in Northwest DC with her husband and two children, Niles (9) and Nia (8).