Jason has spent the last 14 years in Van Buren Public Schools as a middle and high school teacher. Working with kids across all spectrums of income and ability, he has always sought to build bridges between people, strengthening the bonds that hold communities together. In his classroom, students passionately investigate and discuss the mandated curriculum, but also pursue passion projects that connect with the student’s lives outside of the classroom.
Prior to being a teacher, Jason worked as a photojournalist in television news. Working first in Lansing, MI and then in Flint, MI, he dove deep into the stories of cities left behind by the financial and technological success. Investigating poverty, and the human cost on the people that it ravaged, were part and parcel of his daily assignments. However, within those stories, the ones that resonated the most with him were the ones where people rose above their circumstances, helped each other better themselves, and showed the power of community over individualism.
Jason works daily to use all the tools at his disposal to help people connect. Whether its through fundraising to help an 8th grader leave Wayne County for the first time to get to stand in the US Senate in Washington DC, or to build lessons that break down the walls of ignorance and help students see the humanity that's within us all.