JASON Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and long-time partner of the National Geographic Society. Founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, the mission of JASON is to inspire and educate kids everywhere through real science and exploration. JASON provides multimedia curricular experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students, and corresponding professional development for educators in a wide variety of formal and informal education environments. Each comprehensive JASON program includes reading selections, hands-on activities, videos, and online games for students, and lesson plans, implementation tips, and a powerful digital platform for educators. Live, interactive events throughout the year connect JASON participants with inspirational STEM role models. JASON’s in-school curricula cover core content areas and can be used as replacements for traditional textbooks or as enriching supplemental materials. JASON’s after-school offerings, which include the popular Immersion Learning program, bring the thrill of scientific discovery to students in Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, 21st Century Learning Centers, and other out-of-school settings.

Board of Directors

Osborne Abbey


Mort Sherman

Vice Chairman

James Stewart


Lorie Karnath


Denise Armstrong
Dr. Stephen M. Coan
Robert Reidy Jr.
Robin Wiener

The JASON Team

Dr. Eleanor Smalley
President and CEO, JASON Learning
Sean Smith
Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Patrick Shea
EVP, Products, Programs & Partnerships
Lee Charlton
Director, Educational Partnerships
David Shaub
Director, Systems Engineering & Administration
Pritika Singh
Program Specialist
Molly Hunter
Program Specialist
Arun Murugesan
Sr. Applications Developer
Amy O'Neal
Regional Director of Educational Partnerships