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Meet Jason Jacob, Legend High School

Jason Jacob

PARKER – Jason Jacob has been a familiar face at Legend High School since the school opened its doors in 2007. This year, Jacob has stepped into the role of principal, a natural progression after serving as the assistant principal for the past seven years.

Working with youth has been a way of life for Jacob since he himself was in high school. A basketball player in high school and college, Jacob helped run numerous youth camps and was an active volunteer with the Big Brothers program.

“I loved working with and educating youth on life and basketball," said Jacob. "It seemed like a natural fit to get into education where I felt I could make a difference."

10 facts about Jason Jacob

  1. What was your first job?
    I worked as a bag boy at Albertsons.
  2. If you had the opportunity to pursue another career, what would you choose?
    I love to cook. I would open up an Italian restaurant.
  3. What advice would you give to a college graduate entering the field of teaching?
    Teaching is a very gratifying profession. You have the opportunity to make a difference in many lives.
  4. Who inspires you?
    Students, the people I work with, my two boys, and my parents.
  5. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?
    To be able to see into the future.
  6. What is the last book you read?
    What Great Principals Do Differently
  7. What was your favorite subject(s) in high school?
    Science and Math
  8. Where is your favorite Colorado getaway?
    Steamboat Springs
  9. What is your favorite restaurant?
    Anything Italian.
  10. Is there something about you that would surprise your colleagues?
    That I love to cook.

Jacob received his bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis on Secondary Education, from the University of Northern Colorado. He then earned his Masters in Administration from the University of Phoenix. His career in Douglas County began at Chaparral High School in 1998, where he went on to serve as a dean, and then assistant principal.

The unique opportunity to open a high school arose when Legend High School was built, and Jacob landed a spot on the team that laid the groundwork for what is now a school rich in choice for students. When asked what makes Legend unique, Jacob responded: “Our culture - Legend has a phenomenal family atmosphere between students, staff, parents and community. Legend has the most Concurrent Enrollment classes offered in DCSD, and Legend is also the only AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) school in the District. Lastly, Legend is a tech blended school that uses many 21st century tools in preparing students for life after high school.”

Connecting with students, listening to students, and creating pathways for students is Jacob’s mantra.

"Knowing that I have the opportunity to make a difference in students lives is what I enjoy most about my job."

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