Jason Zimba, Ph.D., was one of the founding partners of Student Achievement Partners. Zimba currently serves as the chief academic officer of STEM at Amplify. He has spent his career as a researcher, educator, and advocate for high-quality curriculum and instruction for all students.
Over the last 30 years, Zimba has participated in numerous endeavors related to the advancement of excellent STEM education for all students, including his work with Engage New York Math, Illustrative Math and the Next Generation Science Standards. In 2019, Zimba created Math Milestones, a nonprofit subsidiary of Student Achievement Partners, that provides educators with a carefully crafted set of tasks that make mathematics learning easy and accessible to diverse communities, including Black students, English learners, and students in poverty. He also worked with the nonprofit Learning Heroes on a series of resources to inspire and equip parents with information to help their children succeed in school.
A Rhodes scholarship recipient and former professor of physics and mathematics, Zimba holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College, with a double major in mathematics and astrophysics; a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Oxford; and a doctorate in mathematical physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked as a researcher and educator, teaching mathematics and physics to university and high school students, and incarcerated adults. Zimba is also the author of the book “Force and Motion: An Illustrated Guide to Newton’s Laws,” which presents the laws not only in mathematical form but also visually. This unique approach allows students to appreciate the conceptual underpinnings of each law before moving on to qualitative descriptions of motion and, finally, to the equations and their solutions. Finally, as the first person in his family to attend college, Zimba has a deep commitment to giving all students access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to excel in STEM and other fields.