Jason Dean Arnold
Jason Dean Arnold is a former elementary and high school teacher with a doctorate in Educational Leadership. His research interests fall primarily in the areas of leadership preparation and leadership identity development. As the Learning Systems Architect for the University of Florida’s College of Education, he leads the development of courses and software applications that creatively enhance teaching and learning online. Recently, he has been completing a larger leadership interview project that is grounded in the philosophy of the school principal as instructional leader and catalyst for change.
In addition to his passion for education, Jason has been creating art as long as he can remember. His creative output is usually actualized as poetry, visual art, and music. Jason’s poetry has appeared in online and print journals and his musical-poetry hybrid composition, “Unrecognizable Beauty,” was performed at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville in 2010. His paintings have been shown in several galleries, and he has provided artwork for Sir Kidd Jordan’s album, Palm of Soul (2006). He has been interviewed about his visual artwork by Draft Journal (2013). He has performed his music at the University of Florida, University of North Florida, University of Georgia, University of South Carolina, Suwannee Music Festival, and numerous other venues since 1998.
Jason lives near Jacksonville with his inspiration and frequent creative collaborator, Anna Maria Rossano-Arnold, and their daughter, Kendyl Leigh. When not at home, he can usually be found roaming bookstores. His curiosity about the world has only continued to grow with age, and he still doesn’t want to nail down exactly what he wants to be when he “grows up.” Thus, Dr. Arnold continues to search for new learning opportunities…and, when they are not available, he creates them.