Jolie is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences through the University of Idaho. She has been the Director at the North Idaho College Children’s Center for the last 10 years, where previously she worked in the classroom for 5 years.
Jolie is a busy mother to three young children, ages 11, 8 and 3 and married to a wonderful man who works as an RN at KMC’s Intensive Care Unit.
Jolie began her work with children and families at the age of 14, assisting after school in the child care program that she grew up in. After graduating from high school she worked at several different child care programs before spending several years with youth at St. Vincent de Paul Transitional Housing Center. She completed her Associate’s Degree in Child Development through North Idaho College in 2000 while working as a classroom teacher at the NIC Children’s Center.
In her “spare” time, Jolie enjoys volunteering as Committee Chair to the newly developed Cub Scout pack, being the team mom (a.k.a married to the coach) to her daughter’s traveling fast pitch softball team, and taking her little one to swim lessons. Camping and being outdoors is always a priority for her family!
Sara Matthews, faculty member in Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Idaho, nominated Jolie for Student of the Month. Sara says that Jolie is a leader among her classmates and peers. She speaks up in class and shares her experiences and ideas in meaningful ways that promote thinking in others. She takes on leadership roles outside of required class assignments. She is an advocate for children. She is involved in community organizations such as Head Start and NAEYC. She co-organized the Fall Festival, a family event at the Harding Center, and it was a huge success with a large turnout of families from the community.