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My job
Dean of Grades 7/8, with Graland since 2002

In a nutshell
Jake builds relationships that create a healthy middle school environment where students find joy in learning. In a secondary role, he helps students and families navigate the decision-making process as they transition out of Graland and into high school.
Career journey
Was once an entrepreneur who started a company making furniture from recycled materials. Turned his love of the outdoors into a job running ski and mountain bikes races, then became a small business consultant with the Denver Chamber of Commerce. Discovered a love of teaching history to eighth graders before moving into administration.

Professional passion
Student growth. “As adults, we can present students with opportunities to grow and then we step back and see what unfolds. Many times we are unsure of what they will become and that uncertainty, along with that possibility, is exciting.”

Personal side
Growing up in Philadelphia, Jake was a b-boy (breakdancer) back in the 1980s. As a senior in high school, he participated in an exchange program with a school from the Soviet Union during the year that communism collapsed.

Graland Country Day School

55 CLERMONT STREET    DENVER, CO 80220    303.399.0390   
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.