Jason Helm

Jason Helm 

Literary Arts Teacher

Originally from Iowa, Jason moved to Rochester when he was eight and considers it his hometown. At 15, he landed his first teaching gig at the Masque Theatre and School. By 17 he was the Masque’s Lead Teacher. While earning a BA from the U of M, he continued to lead acting workshops all over southern Minnesota. 

After he graduated, teaching was the obvious career choice. It was a natural fit. As a product of the nineties, however, Jason devoted his young adulthood to irony and rebelled against his nature. For a decade, he tried on jobs like clothes, donning the titles of a barista, janitor, bartender, dog walker, restaurant manager, activities coordinator, and test prep tutor. Although he did his best to ignore the calling, he eventually accepted that teaching was in his blood. And so, at 30, equipped with a wealth of life experience, a BA in French, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, he began his professional teaching career. 

For 11 years, Jason was a writing professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. During his tenure, he led the Junior Fiction Studio and designed courses like Hyperrealism and Social Science Fiction. While he super dug his post at Pratt, a disability and chronic pain necessitated he return home. 

Was he disappointed? Sure. Did he let it get him down? Yes. Did he let it keep him down?  Absolutely not. Though he came back to Rochester under distressing circumstances, Jason is grateful to be near his family and receiving top-notch medical care. On top of that, he is delighted to be teaching at RP. Inspired by the students, his goal is to help them hone their voices and author their futures.