Content Expertise: ELA-S, Language Arts
Jeremy has been in the field of education for more than twelve years. After moving to Denver in 2001, Jeremy began working as an ESL instructor in a continuing education program run by the Aurora Public Schools. Over the course of the next year, year, he quickly developed a close connection with his students. So, when he learned that this program was slated be shut down do to a lack of funding, Jeremy became involved in effort to create an educational program for new immigrants and non-traditional English language learners which eventually became known as the New America School.
After helping to start the New America School, Jeremy decided to go back to the classroom and accepted a position as an advisor/ humanities teacher at Skyland Community High School, a Big Picture High School located in Denver’s Cole/ Whittier neighborhood. While at Skyland, Jeremy served as a lead teacher and Big Picture Network new teacher trainer, and was the recipient of the Mile High Teacher award. After his students graduated, Jeremy stayed on with Skyland and served as the school’s Curriculum and Instruction Coach.
Jeremy then moved on to Manual high School where he taught for three years as an ELA-E Language Arts teacher. While at Manual, Jeremy served as the Department Chair, a mentor teacher, and a member of the Assessment Committee. He also co-developed and facilitate Manual’s 12th grade college/ career-prep advisory program, and helped achieve a 93% college acceptance rate for Manual’s first graduating class.
Most recently, Jeremy returned from Puebla, Mexico, where he and his life lived for two years. While in Puebla, Jeremy spent time working as a Secondary Language Arts Teacher at a Bilingual k-12 School and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Languages at the Universidad de las Americas Puebla (UDLAP). While at the UDLAP, Jeremy was given the opportunity to develop a course called, Educational Technologies, which sparked a deep interest in better understanding the ways that teachers can utilize web 2.0 technologies to foster meaningful student learning.
Jeremy graduated from the University of Rochester with degrees in Political Science and Spanish. He earned his teaching license from the University of Colorado, and completed his Masters in Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Jeremy owes a debt of gratitude to the several, outstanding professional educators who took the time to mentor him throughout his teaching career. He is keenly aware of the fact that if it were not for them, he would not be where he is today, and thus excited to pay-it-forward as a Peer Observer. When he is not working, Jeremy enjoys traveling, cooking for friends, playing guitar, reading and spending time outdoors.