Jim teaches in the Elk Grove Unified School District where he loops from 5th to 6th grade with his students. He’s passionate about integrating subjects through the use of filmmaking and project based learning. He created Curiosity Films (featured in Edutopia), so students could showcase their learning and express their voices through the production of documentaries, instructional films, PSAs, and other special projects. You can view his students’ work on their YouTube and Vimeo channels or via the Twitter handle @Curiosity_Films.
In 2011 Jim received the American Civic Education Teacher Award. In 2012 he earned the Allan Hinderstein Award for his filmmaking work with students. He received his B.S. in Social Sciences with special emphasis in Cross-Cultural Studies from C.S.U. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.