Meet Jaimi Boehm, Associate Head of School and Director of Middle School
Whether it’s bungee jumping, skydiving, or ordering the most interesting item on the menu, Jaimi Boehm isn’t afraid to take risks and explore the unknown. It’s a trait she hopes to instill in Wildwood students.
“So much self-learning is gained through exploration and trial-and-error,” Jaimi says. “While many of these daily experiences are often purely incidental, they can also be sought out, planned, and intentional.
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Wildwood’s K-12 programming incorporates these types of moments for self-discovery within classroom lessons and school activities every day, Jaimi says. The result is students who feel empowered as individuals as they build and strengthen skills in reflection and deep, thoughtful learning.
A life-long lover of reading, Jaimi pursued a degree in English and American Literature at New York University, followed by a masters degree in Literature from Cal State-Northridge. Prior to Wildwood, she taught upper school English at a Los Angeles-area school, where she increasingly broadened her responsibilities to include director of student life, student council advisor, English department chair, and dean of faculty development.
Having served as Wildwood’s director of middle school for four years, Jaimi is taking on an expanded role in the 2023-2024 school year, serving dually as associate head of school. For someone who describes working with teachers, kids, and their families as “the great passion of my life,” Jaimi is more than up for the challenge.
“My philosophy has always been, when an open door appears, walk through it,” Jaimi says. “I’ve always been curious about what’s out there, what can I learn, and how can I apply it to my daily life—and I love that there’s a school that exists with that same mindset.”
Jaimi recalls her first visit to Wildwood where she was struck by a conversation she overheard between an upper school student and athletics coach.
The student had a schedule conflict between a game that night and rehearsal for a performing arts production, and was seeking guidance on how to resolve the issue.
“That conversation just wouldn’t happen at other schools, because that student—equally committed to two different pursuits—just wouldn’t be able to exist,” Jaimi says. “Wildwood students know that not only can they explore new and multiple passions, but that there is an entire pool of adults—teachers, staff, coaches—that are there to support them.”
It’s part of the ethos of Wildwood that Jaimi herself has experienced.
“I have never felt so seen and supported as a professional in my life, and I work hard to make sure that our students feel the same way,” Jaimi says. “Their voices, their perspectives, their opinions—even if I don’t agree—are valid.”
Outside of Wildwood, Jaimi can be found spending time with her family, or engrossed in the latest novel or podcast.
“It’s no secret that I’m a bit obsessed with podcasts!” Jaimi jokes.
She’s taken this passion to deeper levels, appearing as a guest on the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) podcast Member Voices. It’s just one example of putting her own philosophy into action, taking each moment as an opportunity to learn, grow, and discover.
Faculty & Staff
- Amy Abrams, Director of College Counseling and Alumni Relations
- Dr. Banks-Hunt, Director of Upper School
- Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach
- Francesca Bill, Kindergarten Teacher
- Jaimi Boehm, Associate Head of School and Director of Middle School
- Anthony Brown, CFO/COO
- Sandi Crozier, Elementary Librarian
- Alex Cussen, Middle School Humanities Teacher
- Herach Danlyan, Upper School Math Teacher
- Karen Dye, Director of Equity and Inclusion
- Landis Green, Head of School
- Kristin Hampton, Director of Institutional Advancement
- Claudia Hatter, Fourth Grade Teacher
- Michelle Meena, Director of Head’s Office and Board Relations
- Kimberly Pope, Director of Admission and Enrollment Management
- Katie Rios, Director of Elementary School
- Nicholas Smith, Director of Educational Technology