mckhospitalfoundation.com – Jamie Brewster Filotei is a lifetime resident of McKeesport. He graduated with the Honors from McKeesport Area High School in 1991, and upon graduation, he was awarded a basketball scholarship to attend Mansfield University, where he earned his teaching degree. Jamie’s dream of teaching brought him back to McKeesport in 1997, and he is currently working in the McKeesport Area School District in his 22nd year as a fourth grade teacher. Jamie also served his second term on the McKeesport City Council and held the seat of Vice President.
A resilience leader is a woman who inspires others through her ability to overcome obstacles in her personal life, and Jamie sums up that definition. She is a woman with strength, knowledge, and determination who refuses to let anything get in her way.
Less than a year ago, Jamie was diagnosed with non-small cell lung carcinoma. Her diagnosis shocked Jamie and her family, but she didn’t let it fall. He immediately began researching the disease and talking to doctors. While it is incurable, fortunately, it is manageable.
She had to take time off from teaching, but she continues her involvement with the school district she loves so much and plans to return to class in October.
Jamie is proud to be a city councilor at McKeesport. His diagnosis has never stopped him from continuing his engagement with the city by not only attending council meetings, but also taking part in various city events and events; including volunteering at The Wall That Heals, helping visitors find their loved ones and friends at the Vietnam Veterans Wall Memorial.
He inspired the community because of his care and dedication. Jamie’s heart is humble, it is a heart that has pride, and it is a heart that is fearless. She has taught fellow members of her community to stay positive in the face of disappointments and adversity and to keep moving forward despite challenges.
Jamie is married to Ken Filotei and has two wonderful children, TJ and Nina.