Jackie Wotipka

Jackie Puppe Wotipka is the, Director and owner of MIA.

Working with children is one of the greatest joys in my life. I have had many wonderful opportunities and experiences throughout my years in education. I am a certified teacher in Washington, Florida, Texas and North Dakota. I have a Bachelor of Science in Education, Minor in Early Childhood, concentration in Gifted Education. I also have many hours of training in differentiation, multiple intelligence theory and practices. I have just completed 24th years of teaching.

During my time in public schools, I spearheaded (from the ground up) Mercer Islands School District Gifted and Talented program, designed and wrote the district profile, served on many school/district extensive committees, mentored and supervised teachers, organized various outreach programs and formulated school wide broadcasting news programs. In addition, I was a Teacher Consultant for National Geographic Society, State Coordinator for Geography, Awareness Week, Task Force Member for Gifted Education in Lake Washington, School District and an Australian Exchange Teacher.

My other pleasures are being a wife and mother of two (Cayden and Payton). I wanted to continue my training and practice in education and to be with my children as well. MIA started as a small preschool in our home and has grown into a successful, vibrant and unique kindergarten and preschool program. Now, I have the best of worlds, “doing what I love best and being with my children.” This is how M.I. Academy was founded