Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy
Dr. Jason Ward was born and raised in Panama City, FL. He lived there until he graduated high school (though he spent a year in Spain as an exchange student). Upon graduating, he left to spend a tour in the Army. He finished his BA in Multilingual/Multicultural Education at Florida State University (2014 National Football Champions!!!). His first teaching assignment was in Albany, Georgia where he remained for three years. He taught Spanish and coached wrestling. This was followed by a brief experience in St. Louis, Missouri where he taught for a year and attended graduate school at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He moved to Arizona in 1996 and began teaching in the Deer Valley School District where he taught and coached for four years. Circumstances moved him to the Phoenix Union High School District for three years prior to moving to the Dysart Unified School District which is his current post. He has found that all of his experiences have been positive ones in one form or another. Regardless of the environment, good people exist and students of varying backgrounds await instruction. He earned his MA in Educational Administration and Ed.D. in Curriculum Development. His research interests include the following: Curriculum and Instruction, Second Language Acquisition, Teacher Morale, Differentiated Instruction, and Adolescent Development through a Deeper Cultural Understanding. He is married to Leonor and has two sons, Roger (28) and John Paul (20). Additionally, he has a daughter-in-law and two grandsons, Bryson (8) and Tanner (4). He and his family love to travel and participate in extreme sports.