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Jason Ward

Contributing Faculty

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

Degree Program Ph.D. Education

I was born and raised in Panama City, FL. I lived there until I graduated high school (though I spent a year in Spain as an exchange student). Upon graduating, I left to spend a tour in the Army. I finished my BA in Multilingual/Multicultural Education at Florida State University (2014 National Football Champions!!!). My first teaching assignment was in Albany, Georgia where I remained for three years. I taught Spanish and coached wrestling. This was followed by a brief experience in St. Louis, Missouri where I taught for a year and attended graduate school at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. I moved to Arizona in 1996 and began teaching in the Deer Valley School District where I taught and coached for four years. Circumstances moved me to the Phoenix Union High School District for three years prior to moving to the Dysart Unified School District which is my current post. I have found that all of my experiences have been positive ones in one form or another. Regardless of the environment, good people exist and students of varying backgrounds await instruction. I earned my MA in Educational Administration and Ed.D. in Curriculum Development. My research interests include the following: Curriculum and Instruction, Second Language Acquisition, Teacher Morale, Differentiated Instruction, and Adolescent Development through a Deeper Cultural Understanding. I am married to Leonor and have two sons, Roger (25) and John Paul (17). Additionally, I have a daughter-in-law and two grandsons, Bryson (5) and Tanner (1). We love to travel and participate in extreme sports. I look forward to working with you over the course of the class.

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