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Jamie Kidwell

Director of Human Resources

Tell us about your role here.

My role [as Director of Human Resources] includes employee benefits, coaching, guidance for department heads and leadership, and most importantly making sure we are compliant and up to date with policies procedures, wage and hour laws, things of that nature.

What attracted you to human resources work? 

I used to be a police and fire 911 dispatcher, and it was way too much overtime. I loved multitasking and going from high adrenaline and back down to baseline.  When I got out of that, I really didn't know what I wanted to do. I signed up with an agency, and they thought I’d be great for human resources because it involved being very meticulous, maintaining confidentiality, a lot of the same qualities and traits required in police dispatching. I found that I loved it! Over the years, HR has become more complex and has become an important strategic role within organizations. This has allowed me to grow. 

Can you share a little bit about your first impressions of Flintridge Prep and what got you interested in working here? 

My first impression was it's a beautiful campus. I remember during my interview, I actually left my purse in one of the offices, and I thought, “Oh, wait a minute. I'm getting too comfortable.” I didn't even know if I had the job yet, but there was such an environment of comfort.  

How do you see our role in helping create community here?

There's so much I envision for this community. I envision a wellness program, something that will be supportive for employees. I want people to know that there is someone who cares for them, that I am an advocate for them. I'm here to listen, help, and advocate for them when necessary.  

What do you think makes our community so special?

What stands out to me is that we're all here to support each other. We know there will be differences in opinions, beliefs, or how we do things on a day-to-day basis, but we're grateful for everyone's differences and uniqueness. 

Can you share about a teacher who had an impact on your life?

My mom and I often talk about Ms. McDaniels, who was the principal and a teacher at my school, because she had such an impact on my values. She really took the time to not just listen to me but also to my mom, because my mom was a single parent. If my mom had to work late, she'd stay late until my mom could get there. There are so many aspects of her as a person that have really stuck with me.