Jamara Knight was born in a log cabin in Kentucky, but spent the majority of her childhood in the Pacific Northwest. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Guilford College in Spanish and Art with a minor in dance. Jamara has over a decade of experience working with children and families. After college she joined AmeriCorps VISTA and worked at a non-profit organization supporting in-home childcare providers with strategies to increase social and emotional development. She later taught in Montessori classrooms in both North Carolina and Arizona. Jamara also worked as an Instructional Specialist at a language focus preschool and collaborated with Speech Language Pathologists to best serve the children and families.
When Jamara moved to Colorado in 2012 she served for one year as a Math Fellow instructing 4th graders and bridging the school-home gap through home visitation. She knew, however, that her heart was with the youngest kids. She has been passionate for the home-based model ever since joining Family Star Montessori School’s home visiting team. As a Bilingual Parent Educator Jamara managed a caseload of 12 Spanish speaking families and partnered with them to strengthen their parenting skills and family well-being. Currently Jamara works part-time as a Parent Educator and supports Family Star with program-wide recruitment.
Jamara is married and has a 2 year old son. Aside from working and being a mom Jamara is always scheming to create participatory photography projects in the community. She completed five such projects across the U.S. and in Tanzania aimed to help vulnerable populations tell their own stories. Jamara worked with children of incarcerated parents, orphans, immigrant women, and Bhutanese refugees. Her other hobbies include being outdoors, time with family, and salsa dancing.