Welcome to the place where you get to join the Journey with Jemar. Through the blog site, you will soon notice many different styles of post. Ranging from my advocacy to reform education, to how trying I am to better myself and my community, and my life experiences.

I thank you for taking the time to read about Journey with Jemar, please continue to explore the site and enjoy! 

“Dont Ever Stop Trying, Learning,

Fighting, Experimentng, Doing,

Until The Miracle Happens.”

~ Kim Kiyosaki

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About Jemar:


I was born and nurtured in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I am a junior at Prairie High School and currently attend three schools – my Mothership (Prairie High School), Kirkwood Community College where attending I take college courses, and Iowa BIG. For those of you who don’t know, Iowa BIG is project-based learning that makes learners into makers, designers, storytellers, and social entrepreneurs with exposure and interactions with Organizations, Business partners, Government agencies and the community.

I am a firm advocate of “re-imagining” how the education system is at this point and time while spreading the importance of learner-centered education. I also enjoy sharing my story through my educational journey and the hurdles I’ve overcome. I believe every student should have many styles of learning available to them since every human and learner is unique in their own ways. I am working in many ways to make this happen, even more than it is in my community and nation.

I am involved in many activities ranging from, BPA (Business Professionals of America), to MVP (Mentors in Violence Protection), a mentor at the LBA Foundation (Leaders Believers Achiever) and being the Co-Creator of EdRevision. With doing all these things, I am ultimately trying to transform myself and community for the better.

Besides my professional life, I love living my life to the fullest. I am always looking for new adventures and experiences. I love to spend time with my friends & family; especially my nieces and nephews.  I enjoy to bike, snowboard, going on adventures with my friends, and meeting new people!

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Photos of the Week

Week of: 2.27.17-3.5.17

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This week I had the opportunity to present at Iowa Ideas; powered by Gazette Company, with Dr. Trace Pickering about the paradigm shift in education (transforming not reforming education). Then, following that with my story behind my advocacy work, and the student-led initiative Hannah Bertram and I are starting. Thank you Trace and Iowa Ideas having me!

Week of: 2.20.17 – 2.26.17

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1. This past week my peers from Iowa BIG and I had the chance to go on a conference call with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. We talked about his FLOW studies and the FLOW study we are helping conduct here in Cedar Rapids.

2. Tuesday Hannah Bertram and I had the opportunity to present the Iowa BIG model to 24 visitors from 5 different school districts. It makes thrilled that educators and schools are trying to implement this style of education, all over Iowa!

3. The next photos are from the Ed/Stu camp my EdRevision team and I had been planning for the past few months. I was very pleased and inspired by the young learners and their passion for transforming education.


Week of: 1.30.17 – 2.5.17

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Tuesday, Hannah Bertram and I had the opportunity to travel to New London Community School District & Dansville Community Schools to share the Iowa BIG model, our stories in the education arena, and the type of advocacy we execute. After creating friendships with educators, students, and parents within their communities, I look forward to working with them all in the future!

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Please reach out to me with any questions, comments or concerns. I would love to hear from you!