Member Spotlight: Jaime Kubik

Jaime KubikI’m proud to introduce one of the earliest members of Project OpenBook. Jaime Kubik is a mother of two boys, a prolific writer, and just a genuinely sweet and joyful person.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in the small town of St. John, Kansas — population 1200 — and attended Kansas State University majoring in elementary education. I taught 8th grade science in Augusta, Kansas from 1999 to 2006 and discovered my true love for middle school students. There is something very special about this age. Though I taught science, I would occasionally write my students silly poems to lighten the mood or sometimes for an individual student who was having a rough day. And at the end of each year I wrote the kids a “fairwell” poem.

I married my husband Jason Kubik in December 2003. In 2005 we were blessed with our first son, Kaden. A year later, we moved back to Jason’s home town: Hickman, Nebraska, where I changed careers and became a stay-at-home mom. I still found a way to be involved with middle school students by teaching Sunday school class at our church. In 2007, we were blessed again with another boy, Kahle. My boys are truly the love of my life, though there are times when I am very much aware of the fact that I am the only female in the house (did I mention the cat is also male?!) There are days I don’t think I’ll ever see the toilet seat down ever again…but I’ll take it as long as it means I get to play with my boys (the big one included!)

What’s your passion? What makes you tick?
My family is my first passion. Nothing warms my heart more than spending time together and hearing my boys laugh (again, big and small boys). We live on an acreage and all of us love spending time outside playing and working together. Family time — no matter what it might entail — is my first and greatest love.

My second passion is making people smile, or laugh to the point of snorting through their nose. Life is too short to let stuff bog you down. I have often used my poetry to try to lift the spirits of a friend, student or loved one. Motherhood has yielded plenty of humorous material for my poetry — and I have found that many mothers can relate to what I write. If I can make someone laugh, I’ve had a good day.

What’s your wildest dream for what we might do through Project OpenBook?
I absolutely LOVE what Project OpenBook is trying to accomplish and I feel honored to be a part of it. I know I am a very blessed individual. I have thought of this many times throughout my life when I have come upon someone less fortunate than me. I have so much to be thankful for and I take so much for granted every day. I love to help others and often wish there was more I could do. That’s what I love about being a part of Project OpenBook: I can give to something that has the chance to truly make a difference in a person’s life. My hope and prayer is that Project OpenBook will spread like wildfire and far exceed any of our goals.

Where can people see more of you?
I have a blog called Ditchin’ the Kitchen. I’m just a simple Nebraska housewife who likes to write silly poetry.

Jaime’s Poems:
Super Hero
The Nose Picker

3 Responses to “Member Spotlight: Jaime Kubik”

  1. MarbleSpark » Blog Archive » Super Hero Says:

    […] Written by Jaime Kubik. […]

  2. MarbleSpark » Blog Archive » Project OpenBook In The News Says:

    […] sound halfway intelligent (not an easy task). This news piece also gave me a great excuse to meet Jaime Kubik and her sons. A huge thank-you to Jaime for contacting Lance (among others) and spreading the good […]

  3. MarbleSpark » Blog Archive » The Nose Picker Says:

    […] Written by Jaime Kubik. […]

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