As Founder of Cerulean Education, Jason coaches students and clients to achieve their loftiest goals, manage their energy, enhance their focus, and sharpen their speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills. His college-bound students consistently gain admittance to one or more of their best-fit schools, including Ivy League and other highly selective US institutions, as well as myriad programs at public and private universities across Japan, Canada, UK, and other countries. In addition to working one-on-one with boarding school, graduate school, and university applicants, he helps parents navigate education-related decisions, provides career and performance coaching to working professionals, and consults with international, boarding, and private schools on projects ranging from school visioning, academic accreditation, and curriculum creation to workshops on writing, research, wellness, and college readiness.

Jason is also Co-Founder & Head of Academics and College Advising at The Innovation Fellowship, a small international school established in Tokyo in 2023. TIF strives to engage each student with individualized, project-based learning opportunities designed to maximize their life success, ignite their passions in collaboration with peers, and enable them to utilize their inner excellence to create value in society through their education. TIF takes an interdisciplinary, pragmatic, and mission-driven approach to US high school curricula and is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Jason earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale University, culminating with a Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies & East Asian Languages and Literatures. His doctoral thesis, Animation Before Anime, was awarded the Marston Anderson Prize for Best Dissertation in East Asian Languages and Literatures. Over the last decade he has held a variety of positions in education including university faculty, writing instructor, summer program manager, English teacher, and college first-year counselor. As a scholar of animated media and popular culture, he has authored articles in a wide array of peer-reviewed publications and has presented his research on more than twenty occasions at international conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America. 

In addition to his degrees, Jason completed a multi-year teaching program at the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning, served for a year as a Japan Foundation Fellow, holds a Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1 certification, and is an International University Advocate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He is also certified to administer the Strong Interest Inventory, a psychological instrument used for career assessment and academic major exploration.