Prior to coming to ASD, Morehouse earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University. Since arriving, he has earned a second masters and has almost completed an Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree. He spent 10 years as an educator, mainly teaching high school computer science as well as math at the middle school level, before being named director of the district’s technology department in 2017.
Morehouse has an interesting and nonstandard set of skills for the job.
He grew up in a small mountain town on Colorado’s Front Range, so he understands the nature of a rural environment. He also understands the demands and needs of the school district in terms of technology because, as a computer science and math teacher, he was one of the heaviest users of it.
Additionally, his career with the military has provided him with unique opportunities in terms of understanding educational standards, leveraging cutting-edge technology, and utilizing industry connections. He has served on active duty and in the National Guard for the past 23 years.
As a colonel in the Colorado Army National Guard, Jesse is currently in charge of a unit comprised of more than 2,000 soldiers who are responsible for a number of different specialties. He has commanded the Colorado National Guard’s regional training institute, which is akin to a community college campus with multiple leadership and skill-specific schools nested under it.
His years in the military have given him experience in handling educational settings as well as managing complex, organizational operations. This type of training is ideal because managing IT has lots of complexity in terms of dealing with vendors and contractors, and assisting school district staff with complicated IT issues. He understands the language of educators as well as the lingo of IT people, and he’s able to successfully manage the types of projects that need to be done to support educators.
Plus, his military history provides him and the district with valuable resources and connections from top-level professionals in the industry.
“Even though we’re geographically very isolated here, I have this network of professional acquaintances who work in the IT industry on the Front Range and for the National Guard,” says Morehouse. “I’m able to bring back that knowledge to the district to help us make decisions that are based on modern, industry-standard concepts. With the latest information we are able to function better and more efficiently.”
“We are very fortunate to have Jesse lead our IT charge,” comments Superintendent Linda Reed. “His undisputed high level of expertise in the IT world is matched only by his concern for doing what’s best for the district. As the requirements for secure and sensible technology in the classroom spiral upward, we can trust that we have a capable professional to lead us in the right direction.”