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How Theodore Jamerson Elementary School Came To Be

(An interview with Mrs. Mueller)
Spring 2014
Glenna Mueller
Still teaching at TJES after 41 years*
Photo by Tristan, Grade 5

We interviewed the longest working staff member at TJES.  She is also one of  the longest working employees of UTTC.  Her name is Mrs. Mueller. She has been working here 41 years; It will be 42 years in June. She said that the school has grown over the years.  There used to be only grades 1-6.  Now we have grades K to 8*.  Mrs. Mueller’s position changed 5 times.  She was a teacher of grade 4, then 3rd and 2nd together, 7th and 8th together and finally she is a Title One Teacher.  She said TJES is like her family.  That’s why she has stayed here all these years. 
Her position at TJES started when she saw a newspaper ad that the college needed a substitute teacher.  She took the opportunity to be a substitute teacher at the college.  

At that time, children of the college students went to school in town but were homesick and lonesome.  It was hard to keep them there.  Anne Kuyper worked to help the children of the college students adapt to school in town.  After that, Tiny Bud from Standing Rock Reservation said we need a school out here (United Tribes Technical College).   They started working on the school in 1972.  Gay Robertson Kingman was hired as the first principal and Mrs. Mueller and Ms. Kuyper were among the first teachers.  Grades 1 – 6 school opened in February of 1973 and was named after Theodore “Tiny Bud” Jamerson who passed away in June of that year. 

The 7th and 8th grade classes were added in the fall of 1973.  In the fall of 1974 Randy Plume was named principal.  In 1975 Title 1 and RIF were added to TJES and a small two-room building was added to the TJES campus.   In 1975 TJES added another building.  Joan Estes was named principal.  In 1978 the  Special Education program was started.   In the fall of 1988 Ann Rubia was named principal. In January of 1990 Jack Tobias was named acting principal.

Tiny Bud

Theodore Jamerson  "Tiny Bud"
Founder of TJES


The summer of 1990 Sam Azure was named principal.  In 2006 TJES was awarded a Reading 1st grant.  In 2008 TJES was awarded a Math Count Grant.  In 2011 five additional buildings were added to TJES.   During those years the college allowed TJES to use space from different college buildings including using the small gym for grade 7 and 8 classrooms.*   As of 2014, TJES uses (many shared) a total of 14 buildings on the campus of UTTC. 

This is the history of TJES and how it was formed.


Story by
Evelyn & Tristan
Grade 5


* The 2014 - 2015 school year was the last year TJES offered 8th grade.  
* Glenna Mueller retired from teaching at TJES  in 2015 after 42 years.
* During the Spring of 2018 Jessie Fischer became the principal of TJES.
* The 2019-2020 school year was the last year TJES offered 7th grade.
* Because of the pandemic, on-campus classes closed March 17, 2020. TJES transitioned to online classes using Google Classroom and    Chromebooks. Off campus student lunch home delivery began Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
* April 19, 2021 TJES Students returned to Face-to-Face instruction with a mask mandate in place.
* 2021-2022 Pre-K will be offered via the FACE program.   

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