Jared I. Boone is the Assistant Dean of the Middle Division for Student Leadership Formation and Humanities Teacher at St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, NJ. He currently serves as the youngest administrator at St. Benedict's.
Born and raised in the South Ward of Newark, Jared attended St. Benedict's as a youth. Here, he discovered his voice and developed his leadership skills by serving as the school's Senior Group Leader - the student leader responsible for the daily operation of the school. Upon graduating from St. Benedict's in 2013, Jared attended the College of the Holy Cross. At Holy Cross, he earned a B.A. in Political Science. Inspired and encouraged by the example of his teachers, Jared committed himself to education in Newark. As a former student leader at St. Benedict's, he returned home to mentor students through the process of finding their voices.
In 2017, Jared began teaching Humanities as a founding teacher at St. Benedict's co-educational middle school. At the end of his first year of teaching, Jared was asked to become the Assistant Dean. In this role, he is responsible for supporting students in the development of their leadership skills.
To amplify student voices, Jared established St. Benedict's first formal leadership curriculum designed to cater to the needs of young student leaders. At the start of each year, all students participate in a four-week course on general leadership skills. Students are encouraged to find their voice through personal reflection exercises, public speaking workshops, and practice peer-leadership strategies each day. Specifically, in recognition of his commitment to empowering young men of color, Jared was honored to be a guest of the Obama Foundation to the inaugural My Brother's Keeper Rising! Summit in 2019.
Outside of the classroom, Jared serves as the Head Coach of the Varsity Golf Program and Middle Division Basketball team. He is also a strategy team member at Newark for Educational Equity and Diversity - a grassroots, community organization of Newark residents and families who organize around education policies that build a better and more equitable Newark for all. During his summers, Jared enjoys volunteering as a golf coach with the First Tee of Essex County at Weequahic Park.