Jared grew up where shadows do not exist, also known as San Diego, California.  Consequently, he is a temperate fan of two sports teams that rarely seem to win anything, the Padres and the Chargers.  Being a first generation American whose parents emigrated from South Africa,  he learned from an early age the beauty of diverse and novel learning experiences.  Growing up in a home where the interests, values, and conversations differed from those at school opened his eyes to an interesting way of viewing the world.

Jared attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology.  While attending, he played for the Cal men’s lacrosse team for four years, captaining the team for two.  He also worked under Professor Dacher Keltner as an assistant researcher studying positive psychology, specifically emotional intelligence.

After graduating Jared was recruited as a Teach For America Corps Member where he served two years in Nashville, Tennessee.  During that time he received a master’s degree in education from Lipscomb University and coached the All-Metro High School lacrosse team. He continued to explore his interest in teaching in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, as a Fulbright Fellow of the US State Department.

Jared is currently living in Pennsylvania working as the VP of Business Development for Gilson Boards.

In his spare time he enjoys reading, water sports, meditation, cooking, and gardening.


Pet peeves & aversions: yelling, rudeness, stubbed toes, apathy, bullying, the Oakland Raiders, stingrays, busywork, and people who are not reflective.

Favorites & loves:  Good books, other books, libraries, anything that smells good, the ocean, plants, Post-It notes, deep breaths, musical instruments, white board markers, local book stores, Prezi, fruits, and vegetables.