He has a BA in English, master’s degrees in English Education and Theology, and an earned doctorate in Theology (Th.D.)
Presently, he teaches for South Texas College (Starr County) where, in addition to teaching, he serves as a peer mentor and researcher for Catch the Next, Inc. He and his wife live on the US/Mexican border in south Texas where they work with the least- and under-served in education and community services.
Jon has been involved in higher education for over 28 years, having taught in colleges and universities in Georgia, Michigan, Texas, Venezuela and Mexico. He has taught writing, literature, humanities and religion. In addition to teaching, Jon has worked in institutional assessment and academic administration. His favorite classes to teach and the students he most enjoys working with are those related to developmental studies. “My greatest sense of accomplishment comes when a student begins the semester thinking he or she shouldn’t really be there, can’t really do the work…and then to see them at the end of the semester confidently and competently writing compositions and talking excitedly about the upcoming semester.”
After growing up in Guyana, South America, and Grenada, West Indies, and then living parts of his adult life in Venezuela and Mexico, Jon’s heart is divided in equal parts for all the places he has called home. As an ‘adult third-culture-kid’ (a-TCK), he understands first-hand the challenges of crossing cultural divides and language barriers.