Jason Wagner

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2021-2022 Gray Fellow


Since 2002 Jason Wagner has been an educator with the New York City Department of Education and taught high school English in District 8 in the Bronx for ten years, becoming a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified teacher as well as a lead teacher and the school UFT chapter leader. He has an A.B. in English from Duke University, an MSTE in Adolescent English Education from Fordham University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from the College of Saint Rose. In 2013, he wrote a proposal and was approved to found Pelham Lab High School on the Lehman Educational Campus in the Bronx. As founding Principal of Pelham Lab he has led it into its eighth year of existence and the school currently has almost 400 students and a staff of 60 adults dedicated to the mission that all students can learn and can achieve at high levels through rigorous questioning and engagement in project-based learning. From the beginning, he has led Pelham Lab to grow and develop through its core values of equity, communication, collaboration, character and connections.