As the child of two educators, Jason Leblang always had a passion for teaching and providing equity and access to students regardless of their circumstances. After volunteering in elementary school tutoring programs throughout high school, Jason attended George Washington University, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science in 2004. Immediately following graduation, Jason was accepted into the highly competitive New York City Teaching Fellows program and earned his M.S. in secondary mathematics education in 2007 from Pace University followed by his M.S. in educational leadership in 2012 from Baruch College.
Since 2005, Jason Leblang has taught high school level mathematics including Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 as well as test preparation for both state and national standardized exams. Jason is currently the mathematics department chairperson and Algebra teacher at the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Complex in the Fordham section of the Bronx. Jason’s approach to learning focuses on teaching students to explore problems by gathering evidence and making connections. He believes in allowing students to develop their foundational skills organically through applications rather than through memorization without context.
Jason’s areas of expertise extend beyond mathematics. He is also New York state certified in Social Studies and started the Advanced Placement World History course at his school to provide sophomores with the opportunity to take an advanced history course. During the 5 years Jason has been teaching this course, many of his students achieved passing scores on the Advanced Placement exam and earned college credit. Jason’s approach to teaching history focuses on developing writing and analytical skills in order to make connections and construct a logical argument.
As a Google-certified educator, Jason Leblang has demonstrated expertise in utilizing Google educational applications including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Classroom. He has used this experience to train his colleagues as his school shifted towards using Google Classroom and Chromebooks in each classroom and also piloted a flipped classroom model in his Advanced Placement World History class. As a result of his training and experience, Jason is also very well-versed in remote learning and the appropriate use of digital tools to recreate the in-person tutoring experience. During the abrupt switch to virtual platforms as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was able to provide live instruction and personalized tutoring for new and advanced material, enrichment, and test preparation for the Advanced Placement exams. Jason understands the struggles that many students and families have with distance learning and prides himself for being able to bring personalized support and appropriate resources into the homes of his students digitally.
In addition to his classroom experience, Jason has also worked as a private tutor at both the middle and high school level and as a summer math enrichment instructor for incoming high school students at Fordham University.
In his free time, Jason and his wife enjoy museums and movies, thinking up and going on food tours of New York City (we know the best brownie, rainbow cookie, chocolate chip cookie, macaron, and latke!), and traveling.