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Compass Profiles: Jason Malone

posted Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Categories: Compass profiles

This summer, we will be highlighting members of the Compass Community.  This could include staff members, founding families, volunteers, board members, school designers, students or community partners.

Get to know us.


Staff: Jason Malone

Assistant School Lead

Six Word Memoir: 

“Never seems to be enough time.”

What’s your educational specialty/background?

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, a Masters Degree in Education and an Administrative License. I started my career as a biology teacher but soon grew to love so much more. After a decade, I stepped outside of science and taught high school epistemology (study of knowledge) for many years. Other roles I’ve held along the way include: High School Tennis Coach for 12 years, International Baccalaureate Educational Consultant, Workshop Leader and Program Evaluator since 2006; Director of the IB Middle Years Program at Poudre High School for almost a decade; Associate Director of the Colorado State University Writing Project for five years.  I share all of this to emphasize that I love learning and I love a new challenge.  Compass is the culmination of all of this work.

Why Compass?

It’s simple in a way. I have loved my job and the many roles I’ve held since I entered education 18 years ago.  But I have always struggled with how little the larger educational system has changed in those years, let alone the past century.  The world is changing, technology is changing and students are following suit.  It’s time for the educational system to start serving the modern student.

Besides your specialty, what other talents and interests do you want to share with our community?

I grew up around power tools and constant construction. I love it. I’m passionate about newer technologies and my love for learning new things has pushed me into virtual reality, augmented reality and (hopefully soon) coding and programming.  However, if I couldn’t teach, I’d want to be a chef and run a restaurant or food truck.  It’s a creative, scientific, community-oriented endeavor.  I’d love to help kids who are interested in the same world.

What previous life experiences are you bringing to the Compass Community?

I grew up in a family that has a strong conservative side and a strong progressive side.  I love reading and listening to multiple perspectives on issues, thoughtfully debating them (considering the implications of each argument) and coming to a resolution when possible.  This is difficult for anyone, including me.  But it’s so rewarding when it happens.

At certain points in my life, I’ve struggled with severe physical illness and personal struggles (including depression and PTSD).  Because of this, I recognize that everyone has underlying struggles and challenges.  I want to listen, empathize and support all students.

What is your dream project/partnership at Compass?

I’d love to open a food truck business (with a local chef/entrepreneur), throw a “parking lot bbq fundraiser” (with a friend of mine who owns a bbq restaurant) utilizing student-designed, human-powered spits and BIG fires, or design, build and run a high-level haunted house focused on historical events during Halloween (with local historians and contractors).

What do you believe?

I believe life is short; don’t waste it.

What are five things that you know to be true?
  1. Family is all that really matters (both the one you are born into and the ones you create.

  2. Our youth have the power to solve today’s biggest problems.  They just need a chance to figure out.

  3. Play is essential.

  4. Failure is important.

  5. Ice cream tastes better when you eat it with the little taster spoon.

What is one question that you are still searching for an answer to?

Why can’t we all just get along?

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016 (not really MY accomplishment)

Creating an amazing life with my favorite person in the world and having 2 beautiful little girls (that sounds better)

If you could wake up tomorrow with one new quality or ability, what would it be?

I’d love to speak fluent Spanish or be a great piano player.

For what in your life do you feel the most grateful?

Self-awareness, constant learning and personal growth

What would constitute a “perfect day”?

Waking up late, drinking coffee on the deck, being lazy with my family, doing something that makes me feel creative and having a fantastic meal that an amazing chef makes for us.