Jim reigns from the land of misfit students and is about as non-traditional a learner as one can get. His passion for learning was always there during his schooling years but didn’t formally emerge until he began his experiential studies as an anthropology student in Syracuse University’s Afro-Caribbean archaeology program. There, he investigated the intersection of race, culture, and power.
After finding his love for learning in both archaeology and the African American experience, Jim went to Howard University to not only explore the larger African Diaspora but his own white identity within the Afrocentric lens of the “Mecca.” While studying at Howard, Jim was awarded the Irvine Pre-doctoral Teaching Fellowship at the Claremont Graduate University. During his tenure there he not only taught History and Anthropology but designed and implemented CGU’s Preparing Future Faculty Program to prepare graduate students for a career in research, teaching, and service.
Jim pivoted near the end of his time at CGU from the path of academia to education. His search for a school that had a mission to use education as a means of social justice took him to the Denver School of Science and Technology where for eight years he honed the art of teaching and experimented with human-centered design. It was the teaching of the interdisciplinary Big History course (14 billion years of history in one year) that served as the spark for what the CUBE calls its “Mash-up.”
During his last year at DSST, Jim took a short sabbatical to immerse himself in the co-working environment of Galvanize and completed a MFA in Innovation Strategy + Design at the Rocky Mountain School of Art & Design. From there, he worked with the education design firm 2Revolutions helping schools use design and equity to transform their learning cultures. In many of his travels, it became clear that there was still so much work to be done to provide young people what they need to be successful and fulfilled.
After years of supporting learners all over the world Jim has returned his attention to Denver full time to help co-create the future of learning with young people, their parents, and their communities at the CUBE.