University High School is excited to introduce two new teachers who will join our faculty this fall. Please join us in welcoming Jamie MacDougall and Franklin Oliver!

Meet Jamie MacDougall, English Teacher

Jamie MacDougall will be an English teacher at University High School starting this fall. She comes to University from Sycamore School, where she has been the Head of Middle School since 2011. MacDougall has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota, and she has several years of English teaching experience at both the middle and high school levels. She has written and presented extensively on topics related to the teaching of gifted students, and she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted by the Indiana Association for the Gifted in 2007.

MacDougall is a native of northern Minnesota, and as such, her heart is perpetually drawn to the outdoors. While indoors, she surrounds herself with books. In fact, MacDougall’s biggest fear in life is that the floors of her home will collapse under the pressure of her book collection before she has the opportunity to catalogue each title in her card catalogue.

“The first time I walked into University High School, I felt a sense of community,” said MacDougall. “Community was evident in classrooms and common areas, in the way in which faculty interacted not only with each other, but with students and administration. And, while I have been on campus at University for a variety of reasons, each experience has resonated with communal respect, responsibility, and trust. All those elements combined — I cannot think of a better place in which to continue to teach and learn and grow.”

Meet Franklin Oliver, History Teacher

Franklin Oliver will be a history teacher at University High School beginning this fall. He comes to University from Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, where he has taught social studies since 2005. He has also been a social studies instructor with the Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy since 2008. Oliver has a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College and a master’s degree in religious studies from Indiana University. In 2017, he received the Brebeuf Jesuit Ignatian Educator Award.

Oliver is a published author — his third poetry book, Dreams and Premonitions, was recently completed — and host of The WhoDeannyPod, a podcast. He was also a contestant on an episode of Jeopardy! that aired in May 2000.

“University High School prides itself on strong relationships, and that’s critically important to me,” said Oliver. “Teaching specific content is far less important than teaching the value of inquiry. Giving young people guidance in that process of inquiry is much easier when they know you care about them in and outside of the classroom.”