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TIF Faculty

A leadership team dedicated to the guidance and success of each student at TIF both today and for their future

Effective Guidance

Unlike a traditional high school, where students receive instruction from subject-area experts who distribute siloed knowledge, students at The Innovation Fellowship receive holistic guidance from experienced coaches and mentors who support the success of their interdisciplinary projects.

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Scott Smoler

TIF Founder / Head of School

TIF Head of Coaching and Entrepreneurship

Scott is the Founder of TIF and a successful entrepreneur with 13+ years of experience working in the services industry. 

Scott has an exceptional ability to help people achieve their goals by working from first principles and leads all coaching and curriculum aspects of The Innovation Fellowship.

Scott is the visionary behind TIF’s educational model. He serves as the Leadership Coaching Director at UWC ISAK Japan where he co-designed and implemented their new flagship Leadership Program and worked with over 50 high school students.

Scott is also the Founder, CEO of weConnect – and has helped more than 1,000 companies expand globally.

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Kai Childs

TIF Co-Founder / Assistant Head of School

TIF Head of Experiential Learning

Kai is a creative education specialist with 8+ years of experience working for educational startups across Asia.

Kai has a keen interest in connecting people to new experiences and new people from all walks of life and leads all experiential learning aspects of The Innovation Fellowship.

Having been on his own entrepreneurial journey, Kai is passionate about supporting students to develop their own passions in ways that are good for the world and good for their own lives.

Kai is also the Founder of SEKAI Education - and has delivered over 50+ programs with leading schools across Japan.

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Jason Cody Douglass

TIF Head of Academics and College Advising

Jason is a researcher, writing instructor and coach with 10+ years of experience working in educational institutions.

Jason excels at supporting ambitious young adults to accomplish their academic and professional goals while improving their speaking, writing and critical thinking skills.

Before co-designing the academic framework for TIF, he taught undergraduate students at Sarah Lawrence College and Yale College, graduate students through Yale's Graduate Writing Lab, and high school students through the humanities track of Yale Young Global Scholars that he helped launch in 2019.

Jason is also the Founder of Cerulean Education - and has guided hundreds of international students through the college admissions process.

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