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Meet Jason Nitschke

Posted on Mar 22, 2019 1:26:48 PM

Meet Jason Nitschke, education advocate and 80s music guru.

What is your name and current position?
Jason Nitschke, Vice President, Business Development

How long have you been employed at Forecast5?
I started working for Forecast5 in March of 2019. 

What office are you based out of?
I work in Naperville, Illinois

What is your past career experience prior to joining Forecast5?
Prior to joining the Forecast5 Analytics team, I led the sales team and go-to-market-strategy for cloud-based digital learning solutions sold to educational institutions in North America for Britannica Digital Learning. Prior to Britannica, I spent several years in a business development role with Pearson Education. In all, I have spent 19 years listening to and collaborating with state, district, and building-level educators across the U.S.   


Why did you join Forecast5?
After experiencing first-hand the benefits of utilizing data to improve the performance of a sales team, I sought out an organization that could do the same for educators and students.  


What is the most interesting or favorite part of your job?
The opportunity to work collaboratively with educators across the U.S. who are passionate about helping students and each other succeed. 

What are some cool projects you’ve seen our clients do with F5 products?
Over the course of my first week, I’ve heard several clients comment on how valuable it is to see Forecast5’s visual presentation of data alongside and connected to other data elements that provide actionable insights and needed perspective. For example, a Superintendent shared how valuable it was to see teacher attendance data along with student performance and demographic data within 5Lab. He noted that seeing a teacher with relatively high absenteeism was more palpable knowing that the students in the teacher’s class were high need but also high performing.

What is your favorite movie/book/music?
The Godfather/Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer/Anything from the 80s – rock, rap, hip hop, R&B…love it all!

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
I played basketball with Michael Jordan at the Gold Coast Multiplex in Chicago during the winter of 1994-95, just ahead of his not-yet-announced NBA return. I’m pretty sure that pick-up game wasn’t as memorable for him as it was for me.

 

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