Jasonn L. Denard
Director of Teaching and Learning
Over the past 18 years, Jasonn L. Denard has worked as a teacher, teacher-leader, Principal, and Director in Paterson and Newark, N.J. Mr. Denard is a Newark-born educator and graduate of University High School (’99). He holds a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Kean University (’04) and an M.A. in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University (’08). He was a middle and secondary English teacher before accepting a position as a Humanities Department Chair in 2009.
In 2013, he completed the Pre-K – 12 circle, so to speak, serving as a Vice Principal of a Pre-K-8 school in Paterson, NJ. In just one year, that school saw an increase of 20% in ELA and 40% in mathematics. After two years there, he served as the founding principal of a brand new school for young men in Paterson, NJ. He and his team helped develop the school’s theme, vision, and curricular design in that role. Mr. Denard eventually returned to his hometown in 2016 to serve as a high school principal until 2020. He is a member of the board of trustees at the Marion P. Thomas Charter School. He has worked with MAT students entering the field of education at Concordia University and Eastern Oregon University. Mr. Denard currently serves as the Director of Teaching and Learning at College Achieve in Paterson, NJ. Mr. Denard’s passion is recruiting, supporting, and retaining men of color in education.
Mr. Denard is also a proud black male educator, husband, and father of two.