Jason Neiffer is the first Assistant Director/Curriculum Director of the Montana Digital Academy, Montana’s public state virtual school, a doctoral candidate in educational technology at the University of Montana and a Tech-Savvy Teacher-in-Residence for the Northwest Council for Computer Education.
Since MTDA’s start in 2010, he has lead a team of over 100 teachers building a supplemental online education program delivering over 100 course titles to tens of thousands of students across the State of Montana. Before working with MTDA, Jason was a veteran classroom teacher with experience in two high schools building diverse programs in social studies, debate, speech, newspaper production and computer science.
As a Tech-Savvy Teacher-in-Residence for NCCE, Jason has brought his energetic and enthusiastic approach to professional development around the United States. As a leader in educational technology integration, Jason is a popular speaker and trainer with experience working with thousands of teachers from all levels to improve their tech-savvy teaching.
As a doctoral candidate in educational technology at the University of Montana, Jason has studied the crossroads of technology and pedagogy, studying the impact of internet filtering on K-12 education, bring your own device policies and recently, the impact of digital personal assistance in the K-12 classroom.
Jason has been honored as a Distinguished Educator, Most Inspirational Teacher, Outstanding Teacher and winner of the ISTE “Making IT Happen” award.
Jason lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife Alison, a development professional for a non-profit, where they enjoy Montana’s camping and hiking as well as getting lost together in cities around the world.