Jason has been teaching at Rainbow Community School since 2009.
Having a degree in English Education from SUNY-Cortland, he worked for the Wiyot Tribe while living in California as the tribe’s tutor and Youth Coordinator: instructing and leading academic, physical, and cultural activities. He provided individual and group tutoring, as well as academic support services to the tribe’s youth and taught Positive Indian Parenting classes. Additionally, Jason worked with at risk students in the California public school system using many alternative teaching methods, including Orton-Gillingham in which he is trained.
After living in all four corners of the country, he returned to the Southeast to live amongst the ancient mountains and be closer to family.
Jason also has an instructor certification from Project Alert, a substance abuse prevention program, in which he uses his ability to relate to the students while presenting facts and playing out scenarios. Jason incorporates traditional storytelling and nature studies into all of his lessons. While enjoying the mutual exchange of ideas during classroom discussions, Jason nurtures the development of wisdom from knowledge gained.
By exploring the ‘big ideas’ and bridging the gap between information and application, Jason presents students with tools that may be used upon their journey. It is important to him to form strong connections with each of his students, doing so through patience, respect, and creativity, so that he may be able to encourage their gifts while they discover their own path to walk. Jason is grateful to be a part of Rainbow Community School as it offers him an opportunity to continue his own personal growth while guiding young adults in theirs. He is a source of inspiration to students and coworkers alike.
Outside of RCS, Jason is often found with his wife and two little ones hiking, stargazing, and woodworking or designing board games with his brother.
You can reach him at: Jason.Cannoncro@rainbowlearning.org