LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Jason Knies

Position: School Resource Officer / D.A.R.E. Instructor
School: Jasper High School
School District: Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools
City, State: Jasper, IN

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Jason Knies was nominated by his colleague, Glenn Buechlein.

"It is with the utmost respect that I nominate SRO Jason Knies for the LifeChanger of the Year Award , especially in the realm of school safety and student wellness. I have had the privilege of working side by side with Officer Knies for the past 5 years while serving as assistant principal at Jasper High School," said Buechlein. "Jason impressed me from the first time I met him. He is the consummate professional in all regards. He excels in his role primarily because of his unique ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders. As we know, all behavior is communication, and he utilizes his skill set to avert or de-escalate countless situations. His proactive mindset and approach are directly linked to his calm demeanor and strong reputation for treating individuals in a fair and consistent manner."

Officer Knies wears many hats in his role as a school resource officer. He has served as a corporation leader in transportation, and it is not uncommon for him to drive routes, extra-curricular and field trips. In this capacity, he uses the opportunity to build relationships with students of all ages. He instructs D.A.R.E. classes and is involved in the HOSA program, serving as a mentor to students interested in pursuing certain fields of study such as forensics. He takes time out of his busy schedule to introduce students to various facets of law enforcement. The students essentially shadow him as he fulfills his daily duties.  Additionally, Officer Knies has taken the lead in creating an archery club for students that has grown in popularity. He also offers self-defense classes for school staff and students. There are simply too many things to list, but the point is that he is heavily involved and goes above the call of duty in school related activities.  

Officer Knies helped spearhead a program at Jasper High School called, "Law and Let's Order." Students are nominated by classroom instructors or other staff for doing positive things. The nominated students are called to the office and awarded with Above and Beyond T-shirts. Then, the students are asked to write their name on a ticket that is placed in a container. On a monthly basis, a few students are drawn from the container, and they win the opportunity to eat lunch with SRO Knies. This program has proven to be quite popular, and it serves several purposes. The primary goal is to allow students to see and experience SRO Knies in a different light. He wants students to feel comfortable approaching him so that potential dangerous situations can be avoided. He instructs all students to, "See or hear something, say something."

"He is a true family man and is greatly invested in community and civic activities that serve and inspire our youngsters. I honestly do not believe that another individual could possibly do all that he does in a better or more productive manner. He prides himself on his work ethic, integrity and discipline, and these core values are consistently evident by all stakeholders who interact with him on a daily basis," said Buechlein. "His actions truly speak louder than words."

Comments (58)

Joan Schaeffer Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Jason. Well deserved award!!

Vanessa Jerkins-Little Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Officer!!!

Miriam Alvarez Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Officer!!! Thank you for your service and going the extra mile for the safety of those around you!!

Jim Price Posted over a year ago

Congratulations from Vermont sir! We certainly appreciate all the things that our SRO officer does here at I truly wish you all the best! Jim Price

Arlinda Davis Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on being the spotlight winner. Awesome job!!!

Fanelphia Mason Posted over a year ago

Congratulations !!!

Nicolas Williams Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your LifeChanger of the Year Spotlight Award!

Kirk Schaedig Posted over a year ago

Job well done!

Hone Stone Posted over a year ago

As an NLG agent I want to extend a congratulations and thank you to you for advancing the mindset of our new up and coming citizens! As we say in Hawaii “good job bruddah!” Shaka and Aloha. Hone Stone

Chris Posted over a year ago

Thank you for your service and commitment to the safety of your school campus!

Gwen Smith Posted over a year ago

You are so deserving and so glad you were honored with this recognition! Thank you for your hard work and effort to be a hero and leader in the educational setting. Congratulations! Reading your nomination is inspiring and your community is so fortunate to have someone like you supporting them I countless ways. Thanks for the positive difference you bring each and everyday. You are a hero to me.

John Weatherspoon Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your 2019-20 LifeChanger of the Year Spotlight Award win Officer Knies. This is awesome! I'm sure the kids and workforce of Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools are super proud!

MARY reynolds Posted over a year ago

Comgrats. Thanks for changing kids’ lives.

Lisa Ahronian Posted over a year ago

Congratulations, Officer Knies! This is a tough world our kids are living in. So many distractions, temptations and dangers. It's so important that you are helping kids to able to be the best they can be, and also to see police officers in the positive light that they deserve. Thank you for being a great role model to those kids. God bless you! Lisa Ahronian, Holliston, MA

Pren Woods Posted over a year ago

Congrats on being the Spotlight Winner and all that you do for school and community safety.

Kelly Posted over a year ago

I worked with Jason at the hospital and I knew he was headed for great things. It is awesome to read this article!! He is a good egg and deserves to be recognized for going above and beyond in all areas of his life!

Summer Stout Posted over a year ago

Such an all around wonderful person!!! My favorite HOSA rotation ?? Taught me about life and let me be myself.

Stephanie Grierson Posted over a year ago

Congratulations, Jason! This is truly inspiring!

Mary Burke Posted over a year ago

Jason Thank you for all you do to make our schools SAFE. You are a wonderful person and I appreciate all your time you put into your job! Thanks again! Mary Burke

christina m schipp Posted over a year ago

So deserving of this nomination...such a kind and humble man.

Kristy Posted over a year ago

Thanks for going above and beyond to keep our kids safe. We appreciate all of your hard work. A much deserved nomination.

Brian J Uebelhor Posted over a year ago

Office Knies goes above and beyond on everything that he touches. I will mention something that is not mentioned in the other posts. There are a handful of kids that have a tough time and need a lot of support. Given his position, personality and caring attitude, they have gravitated to him. If you were not in the office to see this you would never know it, but they take a lot of his time and attention. Obviously he is very busy and has stuff cooking on all of the burners, but I have never seen him turn one of these kids away when they needed to sit with him for a bit and talk. He gives his time to them unselfishly and I don't think that they ever feel like they are bothering him. Wonderful guy and huge addition to the high school and corporation.

Amanda Posted over a year ago

Congrats Jason you are a positive influence and make our school and community a safer place. From SRO to bus driver you make an impression on the little ones who are looking up to you. We are lucky to have you in our buildings as well as on the bus. Thanks for taking care of our kiddos.

Erin Posted over a year ago

Jason is awesome! He brings a sense of security that makes us all feel safe. He is always willing to come into the classroom to talk to the kids about safety and his line of work. He is extremely easy to work with and is a very caring individual. He works hard to make sure everyone feels safe.

Kendra Jasper Posted over a year ago

Thanks for all that you do for us! You always have a smile on your face and are quick with a compliment or a quick word of encouragement. We're lucky to have you working with our staff and students. Congratulations!!

Andy Noblitt Posted over a year ago

Congratulations, Jason You are a tremendous leader and take on duties far beyond the time and effort usually required of a school resource officer. You always seem to be hard at work providing support to our teachers, students, and administrators before, during, and after school. The students appreciate your diligence to protect them and our school. You have been a wonderful addition to our school since you were hired!

Nikki Roberts Posted over a year ago

Jason is a leader inside and outside of the school buildings. He leads by example modeling appropriate behavior for students and adults. He is a valuable asset to our community.

Eileen Meyer Posted over a year ago

Jason is such a positive role model to all of our students! The kids are beyond excited to learn from him during DARE class. We are so fortunate to have such a caring and professional officer in our school system and community!

Geoff Mauck Posted over a year ago

Jason is amazing working with kids. He works tirelessly to keep our schools safe. I have rarely worked with someone as dedicated and professional. Our community schools are lucky to have him here. He is a life changer every day.

Heather Goodhue Posted over a year ago

Officer Knies is such an asset to our school corporation! He is always calm, cool, and collected and can put anyone at ease. Jason can connect with students of all ages and is willing to put in the time and effort to build those relationships. He is definitely deserving of this award!

Ross Polen Posted over a year ago

Jason is a wonderful presence at Jasper High School. He has been instrumental in helping me start an archery program here by volunteering his time and kindness.

Scott Yarbrough Posted over a year ago

Officer Knies has brought a sense of security and safety to our schools. I feel he has brought a sincere concern to our kids and faculty in his day to day responsibilities. It is great having such a committed SRO in our school corporation. His positive attitude and high energy is also some great qualities to have in a SRO.

Megan Posted over a year ago

Jason is a great resource to Jasper High School. He serves as a resource counselor, bus driver, and above all as a positive mentor for our students. Thanks for all you do Jason!

Evan Elrod Posted over a year ago

Jason is an example of a genuinely good person. He always has a smile on his face, and somehow, he never seems stressed! (Which is amazing given his position and the jobs he is asked to do on a daily basis.) He's always kind and respectful to everyone he encounters, and I believe the students see that, which means they're comfortable talking to him. The job he and his colleagues (like Glenn Buechlin) do for our students and schools is nothing short of spectacular.

Kevin Schipp Posted over a year ago

Jason, Congrats on your nomination! I have always enjoyed seeing Jason interact with the students at Tenth Street through the DARE program. He does a great job teaching and leading. He has done so much for GJCS. We are blessed to have him!

Ashley O'Connor Posted over a year ago

Jason excels in making connections and making himself readily available when a situation arises. When we've had to call upon his support with special education students exhibiting out of control behaviors, he is always willing to lend a hand and assesses the situation in a calm and professional manner to instill safety for all involved. Our staff and students are beyond blessed to have him on our side on a daily basis.

Kent W Taylor Posted over a year ago

The boys and girls of Greater Jasper Schools have no greater friend than Officer Jason Knies. He projects both passion and compassion toward helping families in our school community. We are blessed to have a man like Officer Knies protecting each of us and serving the needs of our children.

Jade Posted over a year ago

He is always has a smile, and is ready to lead a helping hand.

Marina Gonzalez de Espinosa Posted over a year ago

Jason is amaze man, he always have the best attitude in all his roll and always show the best of him, very professional all the time.l He is always willing to help other all the time. I think he is the best

Rick Stenftenagel Posted over a year ago

He is one of the best. He can relate to all students ,peers and colleagues. He was a great athlete as he was a star wrestler for Forest Park High School. He was an Asst. Wrestling Coach at Jasper High School where he was an important cog to the winning tradition. The team, with his guidance, won many Sectionals, Conferences, and Tournaments as well as Individuals excelling to the state level. He is always upbeat and willing to help others at all times. He would be the best pick for the Life Changer of the year!

Michele Rose Posted over a year ago

I work with your mom at Memorial Hospital. She’s so proud of all of your accomplishments including the work you do at JHS. I appreciate all you do for the students and staff at JHS. Congratulations on this well deserved award!

shelley weinzapfel Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on this award! We appreciate all you do for the students and staff! We are blessed to have you keeping everyone informed and safe! Hope you have a great school year!

Cheryl Burke Posted over a year ago

Jason Congratulations on the well deserved award! You were not only a friend to my son Kale but a mentor as well. He talked non stop about you since the day he went to lunch with you. You will always be forever in our hearts for all you have done for him. Thanks for being a role model, mentor and mostly a friend to all the kids. GJHS is so fortunate to have you at their school. We greatly appreciate everything you have done for the kids.

Lisa Flamion Posted over a year ago

As a school social worker, I've worked with Jason on several difficult situations. He is always respectful and helpful. He's always willing to answer questions or assist in whatever arises. He has a team player attitude where no job is below him. He is truly an asset to our school corporation. As a parent, it is awesome to have my kids come home and talk about Officer Knies and his interaction with the students. He is truly making a difference in kids lives. While the need for resource officers in schools came from something tragic, their impact on youth is great! Jason is a great mentor and role model. I'm glad that we have Officer Knies to show our students a positive example of law enforcement. Congratulations Jason on your nomination! MUCH DESERVED!!! Thank you for your service!

Jessica preston jp mom Posted over a year ago

Way to go Jason thank you for keeping jp straight and narrow last year in school and hope you don't have to do it again this coming year ..

Keith Bartley Posted over a year ago

We are so fortunate to have Jason in our schools with all the distractions that can cause kids to go down the wrong road. Congrats to him on a well deserved award!!

April Hopf Posted over a year ago

I have the privilege of working with Officer Knies at GJCS. He goes above and beyond for all the students and staff at Greater Jasper Schools. Jason always has a smile on his face and a kind word to say, he is a wonderful role model for our youth. I can't think of anyone more deserving. Keep up the good work!

Philip beck Posted over a year ago

Your a great man and a family guy. I amean glad to know him as a person. Keep up the great work jason

Patti wigand Posted over a year ago

The Best of The Best.

Joe Shelton Posted over a year ago

Jason is an outstanding person who goes above and beyond for the students of GJCS and staff. Jason’s compassion for students is unwavered. Jason is deserving of any and all recognition that he is awarded. Great job Jason and keep up the great work for Greater Jasper Schools.

Jayme Skillman Posted over a year ago

I am so incredibly proud of Jason and his love for what he does. He doesn't see it as a job, he sees it as a privilege and opportunity to support and be a role model for young individuals. He goes above and beyond and wants students live their best life in a safe and fun environment. He is dedicated, always encouraging, and supportive of everyone he encounters to help them in a time of need and/or to reach their highest potential. Congratulations, Jason! There's no one more deserving of this award.

Lynne Bohnert Posted over a year ago

Thank you, Jason, for all you do! The students love having you in the building and spending time with them at lunch, recess or wherever. You are a wonderful role model for them!

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Shannon Bauer Posted over a year ago

Officer Knies is a true asset to our school system and community. We are very honored that he is making a difference with our students. He always has the best for students in mind, and for that, we are so thankful!

Mary Leah Siegel Posted over a year ago

So deserving! He is an awesome SRO, friend, mentor and all-around wonderful role model for our high school kids! Always goes above and beyond and so kind!

Kim Aull Posted over a year ago

Well deserved nomination!

Jill Wigand Posted over a year ago

Jason has done speaking engagements and presentations in my classroom, and with the programs that I have, for several years. He is always willing to help educate our youth on the importance of safety, staying away from substance abuse, and being responsible for oneself. He is an excellent role model and motivator. Jason has an wonderful relationship with our students; he makes them feel important, cared for, and safe. He is very deserving of this award!

Brian Wilson Posted over a year ago

It has been wonderful getting to know Jason as a friend and colleague. He treats students and staff with respect and possesses a wealth of knowledge. Given that we now have a designated Transportation director for the district, we are excited about the possibility of Jason spending even more time at JHS!