Jodi Ciampa lives in Jefferson Township, New Jersey. She graduated from Rider University in 1996 with Bachelor Degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology. In 2001, she received a Master’s Degree in Education from Marygrove College. During the course of her teaching career, she has held many positions. Between six placements in college and the numerous teaching/day care positions held before having children, she has taught every age group, from nursery school to adults, and every socioeconomic background, be it urban, suburban or rural.
Since graduation, she has held ten different teaching positions, some simultaneously, and substituted at every grade level. She taught Science and Religion to 6th, 7th and 8th graders in a Catholic School and a Mathematics and Reading Basic Skills Class to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. She worked in a Rehabilitation Center teaching a GED preparation course to juvenile offenders and at night, Math and English to adults who were studying for their high school diplomas. In 1999, she settled into her first full-time teaching position where she taught an English Class and Reading and Writing Class to 7th graders in Parsippany, New Jersey. In 2000, she solely taught Reading and Writing and remained there until 2003 when she had her son. During that time, she was the assistant high school cheerleading coach at Parsippany Hills High School until she had her daughter in 2006. So to say the least, she has run the gamut and been exposed to a lot of children.
Currently, she is a 39-year-old housewife and can proudly say is doing the job she always dreamed of -- being a stay-at-home mother. She has two children - an 9 year-old-son and 5-year-old daughter. But despite “not leaving the house to work," her life is extremely busy. For her children, she volunteered as vice president then social director of a moms’ group in town and held the positions of treasurer and chairperson of their nursery school. She is a catechist at their church, and has been for three different grade levels. She was room parent for her son the last three years and is now head room parent for her daughter’s graduating class of 2024. She is also on the PTA and a Daisy Leader.
For her sanity, she writes. Her webpage called From One Mother to Another. She guest blogs for Identity Magazine, Spruce Kids Blog, WM Parenting Connection and numerous Patches across New Jersey. Recently, she was asked by the Jefferson Patch to feature her blogs as an example with the launch of a new platform on what type of blogs they are looking for. Although her life is chaotic at times, it is full and she wouldn’t have it any other way. The goals she had set for herself up to this point have been met and she is happy to say she is on her way to fulfilling new ones.