Sometimes, in matters of career moves, the stars just seem to align. That seems to be the case with David Jacob, BOCES’ new Regional Science Coordinator. With a varied and eclectic background, David appears to embody a number of qualities that are tailor-made for his new role.
Drawing on his experiences as an actor, a soldier in the Army, a veterinary technician (while in the Army), an assistant principal, a high school science teacher and a curriculum coordinator, David is well prepared to wear the many hats his new position demands.
“The jobs I’ve held in the past have sharpened my skills in logistics, marketing, and teamwork.” With a laugh, he cited being responsible for overseeing 20,000 animals in the military’s veterinary program as a great logistical training ground.
The Science 21 program, which David directly oversees, currently supports 59 school districts throughout New York State, encompassing 165 schools. “There are a lot of moving parts to this operation,” he said. Among his responsibilities are administering and providing training for the Science 21 program; coordinating program planning among school administrators, steering committees and teacher representatives; and providing on-site science consultation services to school districts.
Ready to face the challenges of his new role here at BOCES, he knows he will lean heavily upon his past successes. “Everything I’ve done before has prepared me for this.”