Committed to empowering our students to reach for and achieve their postsecondary and career dreams.
Jason Moore is a native Arizonan, husband, father, educator, group fitness instructor and nonprofit professional who is committed to the betterment of the community by helping youth achieve their educational and career goals. Jason knew he would be helping young people as early as fourth grade, when he decided to be a high school history teacher, and he’s never looked back. Jason expected to enjoy teaching because he liked history, but he soon discovered that helping students succeed was more significant than any lesson on the French Revolution. Of course, the material was important, but students need guidance, mentoring and an advocate, all of which have been core components of the work and organizations Jason has been a part of for the last 15 years.
After earning a Master’s of Education from Northern Arizona University, Jason joined Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) a nonprofit that works with schools to help at-risk students overcome their barriers, stay in school, graduate and secure employment and/or enroll in college. Still working directly with students, but no longer responsible for teaching a core subject Jason became that mentor and advocate and empowered students to set goals and achieve success. During his 15 years with JAG, Jason moved from the classroom into management and then operations where he learned the nonprofit organizational and leadership skills that prepared him to lead the NorthBridge Team.
Simon Crawford has worked in the field of Special Education for the last 16 years. Simon graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and completed his Master’s Degree in Special Education through the University of Phoenix. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in Special Education at Arizona State University.
Simon began his special education career at the Kildonan School in upstate New York. There, he had the great privilege of working with dyslexia expert and special education pioneer Diana Hanbury King. After moving to Arizona, he began working at New Way Academy, a private non-profit school for students with learning differences. While at New Way, Simon created a program that provided students with the opportunity to take community college classes while still attending high school. Through this experience, he became aware of the challenges that students with learning differences faced when transitioning from high school to post-secondary education. This area has become a passion for Simon and he has written extensively and presented at professional conferences on the subject. Transition and special education will be the focus of his doctoral dissertation and directly connects to the mission of NorthBridge which is to help students with learning differences enjoy success at the post-secondary level.
NorthBridge is proud to introduce our Academic Team. Separately, they are passionate, intelligent and dedicated individuals, and together they comprise a team with an immense depth of skill in multiple disciplines and areas of expertise. Our Academic Specialists are trained to not only support the students with their academic course work, but to help them build key life skills in multiple areas such as organization, time management, prioritization, communication, and self-advocacy.
Cherish Johnson is taking the lead at NorthBridge’s first satellite office at Glendale Community College. Cherish was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Rockford College for her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English. She moved to the valley in 2004 and within a year started work on her Master’s Degree through Northern Arizona University’s distance learning program. In 2008, she graduated from NAU with a Master’s in both Elementary Education and Reading. She also received an Early-Childhood Endorsement and Bilingual Endorsement. Cherish is currently working toward her PhD at NAU. She brings 16 years of teaching experience to NorthBridge and has a passion for learning and working with young people.
Away from NorthBridge, Cherish is a proud mother of two: a son who is 11 years of age and in the fourth grade, and a daughter who is 6 years of age and in Kindergarten. Besides her adoration for teaching, she also has an appreciation for art and all things’ vintage. When she is not working with students, fulfilling her role as a mother, or taking classes toward her PhD, she is devoting her time to her small business. Her love for art and vintage finds are reflected in the jewelry pieces she creates for her clients.
Daylee Burr joined the NorthBridge team in 2015 and leads the NorthBridge satellite office at Paradise Valley Community College. She graduated from the University of Arizona with her Bachelors in both English and Religious Studies.
While at the Univeristy of Arizona, Daylee worked with students who had intellectual disabilities. She learned how to relate and help these talents students by identifying their strengths and needs.
As a former PAC-12 member of the cross-country and track teams, Daylee understands the importance of setting, following through, and achieving goals. She is very grateful that God has blessed her with athletics to help her see these goals to fruition. Daylee is excited to be using her skills and passion to help NorthBridge students with their coursework and personal development.
When she is not working, Daylee enjoys running, eating dark chocolate, and outdoor adventures. She is particularly fond of desserts, and does her best to eat one each day.
Kristin Jones joins the team this year and brings with her great experience and passion to help NorthBridge students succeed. Kristen will be helping students improve their executive functioning skills as she will work primarily as an academic mentor. Kristen grew up climbing the tall trees of a rainforest; running through old-growth hemlock forests; hiking amid the crevassed flow of a melting glacier, and tip-toeing away from hungry black bears alongside her three brothers. Her passion for special education stems from her family. Due to a dormant recessive trait carried by both her parents two of her brothers inherited a rare neuromuscular degenerative disease called Friedreich’s Ataxia. The progression of this disease requires numerous accommodations both in, and out of the classroom. This has given Kristin a unique understanding of the role advocates can play in a person’s’ life.
Kristin earned a Bachelors of Arts from Northern Arizona University, majoring in psychology and sociology; she also participated on the women swim team on a scholarship for four years. Being a collegiate athlete and a full-time student required a delicate balance between school work, practice schedule and social events. Kristin graduated in May of 2012 with honors and was NAU’s nominee for the NCAA Female Athlete of the year.
In the fall of 2013, Kristin returned to NAU to work towards her Masters of Education in School Counseling. Kristin recently completed a 600-hour internship at Desert Mountain High School where she worked with students on college counseling, conflict-resolution, course scheduling, and a variety of other academic related situations. She graduated with her Masters of Education in School Counseling in May 2015.
While the high school internship was beneficial for Kristin, she decided to pursue a career that allowed her to have one-on-one interaction with students. Her interest in Northbridge stems from this realization. She hopes to help students with learning differences by offering patience, guidance and encouragement as they work towards their personal goals.
I was born and raised as a Green Bay Packers fan in Appleton, Wisconsin. In September of 2012, I moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where I attended the University of St. Thomas. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts and Sciences in Political Science and Justice and Peace Studies in May 2016. While at the University of St. Thomas, I was a four-year Division III collegiate track and field athlete, specializing in short sprints. After completing several internships in different non-profit and public policy organizations, I developed an interest and a passion to improve the higher education system. In August, I moved to Phoenix and started my journey as a graduate student at Arizona State University (Master’s in Higher and Post-secondary Education). I’m excited to make difference in the lives of students here at NorthBridge as my ultimate goal is to improve the college system and experience for all students.
I am originally from McHenry, IL, a suburb of the Chicagoland area were I lived and graduated from high school. I came to Arizona to attend college at Arizona State University. My interest in education, teaching, and learning sprouted from my earliest work of teaching skateboarding. As a recent ASU graduate with a Bachelor’s in Educational Studies and a minor in Youth Services Leadership, I came to NorthBridge excited to support students so they can have the best college experience possible. I anticipate becoming an elementary, secondary, or post-secondary educator in the near future, as well as opening my own alternative school focused on nature, agriculture, and sustainability before I retire.
Lionel is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computational Mathematical Sciences at Arizona State University. Lionel is originally from Chicago where he was on the chess and math teams throughout high school until he relocated to Arizona to attend college while continuing chess at Arizona State. Lionel’s tutoring experience started during his senior year in high school when he helped juniors and seniors pass a standardized test that they previously failed. Lionel volunteered his time to help his school’s academic intervention group, which helped freshman who were failing two or more courses. Lionel’s love for mathematics, computer science, and tutoring makes him want to get more students involved in the STEM field. Lionel supports students at all three NorthBridge sites.