Jason is the father of 4 children, 3 of whom have attended charter schools in Utah. Coming from a place that had no charter schools (Saskatchewan, Canada) he has seen the difference that a charter school education can make in the lives of students. He has served on the board of Paradigm Schools and is currently (Sept 2022) chair of that board. His education includes a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Public Administration. He has over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology sector, primarily in the areas of data analysis, data governance, data privacy, and reporting.
Why do you want to serve on the UAPCS Board?
I believe in the importance of charter schools and am interested in advancing and promoting them. My family and I moved to Utah from Canada 10+ years ago and there were no charter schools in the province we lived (there is only 1 province that allows charter schools in all of Canada, and there only 13 schools in that province). 3 of my 4 children have attend a charter school and, I believe, they have received educational experiences there that is not possible in any mainstream public school.
What specific skills and knowledge can you bring to the board?
20+ years in the Information Technology sector. Information in data analysis, data governance, data privacy, and reporting.
Please share your prior governing board experience.
Member of Paradigm School governing board for 5+ years. Was elected board chair in August 2022.
Where do you hope to see the Charter School movement in the next five years?
I hope that the charter school movement will continue to grow and to provide a strong, unique, and viable alternative to mainstream public schools. In Utah, I believe that there has been a growing movement by the USBE to try and make charter school more like other public schools. It is my hope that the UAPCS will defend and promote the unique offerings that charter schools provide and resist the temptation to regiment and make charter schools like other public schools