MEET THE STAFF
Director of Theatre
Jami Sauls has been teaching Theatre for 18 wonderful years. She received her training from Texas State University, where she earned a BFA in Theatre Education and a BFA in Theatre Directing. Mrs. Sauls is extremely passionate about the art of Theatre, and even more passionate about student growth and achievement. She delights in pushing kids to do their very best, and seeing them accomplish what they never thought possible is the ultimate reward.
In her 18 years of education, she has taught at both the high school and middle school levels, having a great deal of success along the way. Her achievements include multiple DSM High School Musical Theatre Award nominations and wins, multiple Main Stage Qualifiers at the Texas Thespian Festival, and multiple State and National Qualifiers in International Thespian Society events as well as TFA State and NFL qualifying events. Mrs. Sauls has also had a great deal of success in UIL, including back to back State Champions in Prose, one State Championship in Film, and a trip to the UIL One Act Play State Contest in 2014 where her company placed 4th and earned Best Actor in the State of Texas. Mrs. Sauls has also placed 1st in Middle School UIL One Act Play Contest in 2015 at Reynolds Middle School, winning Best Actress, and again in 2017 with Lakeview Middle School, winning both 1st place at the Zone and District levels, as well as winning Best Actor.
Mrs. Sauls is so excited to be here at Navo, and is ready to have a wonderful year!
Assistant Director of Theatre
Carrie Stephens is the assistant theatre director at Navo this year. This is her first year at Navo, but it is her 20th year teaching theatre in North Texas. She received her BFA in theatre education from (Southwest) Texas State University and her MEd from Lamar University in Education Technology and Leadership. She has loved performing on stage since the second grade and discovered her love for working backstage on productions in high school. Her favorite types of shows are musicals, children’s shows, and anything with fantasy qualities.
Mrs. Stephens grew up in San Marcos, TX and met her husband there in a directing class. He is the theatre director at Princeton High School. She has two daughters at NMS (Scout and Dylan) 3 French Bulldogs (Tennessee, Stella, and Dirk) a cat named Maggie, and a corn snake named Niko. She loves to create crafts including cards, t-shirts, and paper flowers in her spare time. Mrs. Stephens loves teaching and learning digitally, so she is excited about making this school year enriching for every student.