Stapp Inspires Educator Highlight – The Magician

Hello again! Thank you for spending time with us as we highlight our October Stapp Inspires Educator. If this is your first time visiting us, welcome we are so glad you found our little corner of the blogosphere. Every month we highlight an educator within St. Vrain Valley Schools who is inspiring those around them. This month is no different, we would like to introduce you to Jason Kelsall, Instructional Technology Coach for the Niwot Feeder System. 


Jason is in his fourth year in this district and his tenth in education. He started out in another local school district as an elementary Visual Arts and Technology teacher. In this role, he started to explore how to bridge the gap between art and technology students coming to ‘Mr. K’s’. He was able to see how technology could amplify what is going on inside the classroom. This early career challenge has helped fuel his drive and passion today. 


Jason was drawn to education with a desire to have the most impact on the world around him. He wakes up each day with a desire to make the world a better place and by supporting students and teachers to be their best, he believes he is meeting his goal. Jason strives to help students and teachers achieve that “magic moment” – where students go from being consumers of content to creators of content. Teachers are empowered to take the skills they have learned and use them in their classroom to further enhance their student’s learning. 


Jason is at his best when he is in the classroom working side by side with students and teachers. The privilege and ability to help integrate technology into learning drives Jason to explore new and different ways to push boundaries of what is possible in the classroom. While Jason no longer has a classroom he calls his own, he feels he has one big classroom at each of the schools he supports. He is on a first name basis with many of the students in the Niwot feeder, and he is encouraged and inspired when his students come up and ask when he gets to come to their classroom again. 


While Jason does focus on helping students use technology in their learning, he also has a passion to equip teachers to do the same. Jason helps run and maintain Schoology, a platform utilized by the district to deliver content to students and teachers. Jason is also dedicated to the teachers he works with.  He helps creates professional development classes for his peers in the district, so they can be confident in implementing new and different technologies in their own classrooms. He gets just as much satisfaction watching teachers have their “magic moment” as the students he works with. Jason truly looks for ways to help elevate and encourage those around him in everything he does. 


Jason, thank you for taking the time to meet with us and we are inspired by your thought and dedication to your students and staff. We wish you a wonderful school year. We hope everyone will come back next month as we highlight another educator in the district who is inspiring others to do their best!