Jason Seggern has been a part of the Delaware Valley Friends School community since 2004. He came from Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, where we was a cognitive therapist, to teach middle school science at DVFS. When the school added a 6th grade, Jason took on the role of Middle School Coordinator, and later added Dean of Students to his growing role on the administrative team. In 2016, Jason became the division head for the middle school program.
When we opened our Lower School for grades 3-5 in 2017, Jason became Lower & Middle School Director.Here, Jason reflects on his experience at DVFS thus far as well as his vision for the future.
Q: How long have you been at Delaware Valley Friends School?
I have been at DVFS for 13 years.
Q: What roles have you had at the school? In the education field, if relevant?
I was a cognitive therapist at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital before coming to DVFS. I started at DVFS as the Middle School Science Teacher. I also coached Girls Varsity Soccer and Boys JV Basketball. In 2007, I became the Middle School Coordinator and in 2012 added Dean of Students.In 2015, Allison Gill took on the role of Upper School Dean of Students, and I am thrilled that with the school’s expansion into elementary grades, I have become the director of both the lower and middle school divisions.
Q: What will your new role be at DVFS? What does that mean/what will you do?
My new role will be Lower & Middle School Director. This gives me the chance to focus all of my energies on working with our younger students and their families. I will work with both the middle and lower school teaching teams to develop curriculum and continue to expand and refine these two divisional programs to support our students in the earlier phases of their educational journeys.
Q: Why did you want to transition into this new role?
Best practices for teaching students in the lower and middle school really resonates with me as an educator. Helping DVFS develop programs where students learn through discovery and helping them prepare for life in the upper school is something I feel very grateful to be part of.
Q: What is your vision for your role at DVFS?
My vision is to really help continue to move the lower and middle school programs to be cutting-edge and forward thinking in terms of how and what we teach students in grades 3-8.
Q: What do you find remarkable or unique about DVFS - as a school and a work environment? What keeps you coming back?
There is no doubt that DVFS has an incredible sense of community. It is such a positive atmosphere to be around and that really is generated by students gaining confidence and experiencing successes. I also feel fortunate to be surrounded by fellow educators who are forward thinkers and always want what is best for our students and families.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not at DVFS?
I really look forward to spending time at the shore with my family. Even though I am a bit older and slower, I still like playing soccer, hockey and surfing and I always have music playing (especially Pearl Jam!).