Jamie Phillips, formerly known as Jamie Sakugawa, grew up on a swine and cattle ranch in Maui, Hawaii. It was on her family farm where she gained all of her hands-on, practical experience with farm animals. Jamie also participated in 4-H from the age of 9 until she was 18. She has always had a tremendous love for working with animals. She knew that working with animals was her passion and therefore, she pursued a career, which allowed her to do what she loved.
In the summer of 2001, she moved away from the islands to attend California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo. Here she received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, with a minor in Agricultural Business. Soon after graduating, she decided to continue with her education and pursue her masters in Agricultural Education. Jamie wanted to not only work with animals, but she wanted to share her passion with others and help educate people about the animals she loved.
Jamie was fortunate enough to receive her first full-time teaching job, here at Mt. SAC. She is currently teaching a variety of Animal Science classes full time. In addition to teaching, she is an advisor to the Beef Unit at the school farm. Furthermore, she is the lead faculty member in charge of putting on and organizing Mt. SAC’s annual Farm Day. Jamie is extremely excited to be part of such a strong, thriving program and department. She is looking forward to continuing her career here and assisting the department with all future endeavors.