THE TEACHER

Jamie Gant is an innovative high school teacher  in the Miami-Dade County Public School system. Jamie was born July 10, 1980 in Detroit Michigan. At the age of 2 his family moved to Miami, where he would live the remainder of his life and become a influential contributor to his community.

Jamie is a product of the Miami-Dade County Public school system and is apart of the first graduating class of Barbara Goleman Sr. High School. As a high school senior in 1998, Jamie took all the courses available and only had 2 classes (AP Physics and Gifted English). Jamie enrolled in the Advanced Academic Internship program where for the remainder of the day, he went to work for Internet Marketing Associates, a local web design company. During this senior year, Jamie interned and help work on the first MTV Latino website. This was his first introduction to Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, and Macromedia Photoshop. After High school, he attended Florida State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

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After college, Jamie began a career with Cox Radio Miami, where he worked with the 4 top radio stations (93.1 Rock, 97.3 The Coast, 99.1 Jamz, and Hot 105.1) as their Intenet & Computer Director. There he gained valuable industry experience and knowledge he would later use in the classroom. After 7 years at Cox Radio, Jamie decided he needed to join  his family’s tradition. His mother (Karen Gant), his brother (Eugenio Gant) and his sister (Alicia Gant), are currently educators with the Miami-Dade County Public School system. He recognized his family’s calling and decided to pass on his knowledge to the future of America, the students.

Jamie is a natural in the classroom and hit the ground running to share his industry knowledge and computer experience with students. There is a huge lack of diversity at most technology companies, so Jamie choose to work at schools with minority students to help tackle this issue. He strives to inspire minority studetns to pursue careers in computers and technology.

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Recently his students have won many competitions including the United States Congresssional App Challenge. Many of his students were accepted into colleges like the MIT, Georgia Tech, Art Institute, and Arizona State to continue their pursuit for a career in computers. Students can take this industry standard certification into the workforce for immediate jobs and internship opportunities that will make them stand apart from their peers.

Mr. Gant has expanded his teaching duties by providing free workshops at Florida International University on the weeks for FIU Students and also South Florida Educators. He shares his knowledge with educators to help them in their classrooms. Some of the workshops that he offers are Teaching App Design using App Inventor, Building a Class Website using WordPress,  and Building and Publishing Your Own App. The free classes help fellow educators learn teaching strategies to utilize in their own classrooms.  Recently, Mr. Gant has given fellow teachers access to his teaching materials and videos on Ganttech. He has trained the majority of Computer Teachers in Miami-Dade County and also has helped educators get industry certified in Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Flash to help save their jobs. He has additional trained many Broward County, Palm Beach, Monroe County and teachers across the country.

The College Board who governs Advanced Placement college courses for high school students released their new course AP Computer Science Principles during the 2016-17 school. This course is to provide access to all students to Computer Science. Mr. Gant taught this course to minorities and helped expose these students to programming with JavaScript, HTML, App Inventor, and Java. Additionally students learned cryptography, and cyber security. Jamie Gant was apart of the historic first(1 of 330) AP Reader Grading of exams. There were 46,500 exams in the initial year with projections to double and triple. Mr. Gant is also a College Board Mentor for AP Computer Science Principles to help new teachers to teach this course. Gant has a passing rate of 96% on this College exam which is above the District average(36%) and the national average (54%).

This year on Saturday February 10th, Jamie was training Teachers at Florida International University. One of the teachers in attendance was Sandra Rennie from Marjory Stoneman Douglas. only 4 days later the shooting t her school impacted schools nationwide. Knowing Sandra, Jamie was inspired to create School Pass Live!, a hall pass app that schools can use to increase safety for all students across the nation. School Pass Live! provides real time monitoring of students, pass history, and code yellow and code red alerts for administration.

This 2018-2019 School year, because of Jamie, Ronald Reagan/Doral was selected as 1 of 7 schools nationally to start the new Virtual Reality Coding Academy. Students will learn C#, Unity 3D, and create 3D Models in Blender to create their own Virtual Reality Apps. This two year program will also provides students with a Unity 3D Certification where they can go work for companies like Disney Games, EA Sports, EPIC Games, or Magic Leap. These students have the potential to create the future of VR that changes the way we live.

Jamie is constantly pursuing education and has started his Master of Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 2017. He takes the knowledge learned in his Masters classes and applies these concepts and additional rigor to his students. Mr. Gant is a phenomenal educator that is teaching the latest technology in Computer Science to minority students and fellow teachers around the country. He is helping to mold the next great technology by providing access to the world of Computer Science and technology. He class motto sums up him up best, “I Can, You, We Can Change the World Through Technology.”