My name is Jason Lenz, and I am honored, humbled, and thrilled to serve the students, staff, families, and community as principal of Martha Vinyard Elementary School.
I came to Vinyard from Texas, where I started out teaching high school world languages and American History. While there, I also served as an administrator at the elementary and middle school levels. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech, a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Tyler, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership with a special focus on Curriculum and Instruction from the University of the Cumberlands. My wife, Melinda, manages online banking operations at First Guaranty Bank. Our boy/girl twins, Zachary and Victoria, are second graders at Tucker.
The traditional view of educational leaders is one where they show up in a building with a bunch of ideas that they call a "vision." Then, they spend months or even years trying to get everyone on board with that vision, constantly trying to keep the staff and students in line. This style of leadership dates back to the dawn of time.
That's NOT how things are done at Vinyard.
I'm not here to convince teachers and students to buy into my vision. No, I'm here because the teachers and students are my vision.
I'm not here to get people in line with my ideas. No, I'm here to clear the way for every student and staff member to create, pursue, and implement their own ideas, which will be way better than anything I could come up with.
I'm not here to look over everyone's shoulder to make sure they're doing things inside my visionary box. No, I'm here to empower everyone to live and think outside the box everyday.
Here's the really cool part. Martha Vinyard is a "Leader in Me" campus, one that we expect will soon be recognized as an LIM Lighthouse School. That means we don't just "do" Leader in Me." We live it! Our students spend their time immersed in the 7 Habits of Effective Leadership. From learning to think proactively to working in harmony with their peers, we have students with tremendous leadership skills. Then, you put those skills onto the foundation of Tangi's core values of respect, compassion, and greatness, and you've got a recipe for awesome.
Our students stand ready to transform themselves, their school, and their world into something truly amazing. The phenomenal teachers who guide them everyday will see to it.
And as for me, the principal, I'm not here to manage everyone during each step. I'm here to empower them to achieve greatness and then get the heck out of their way!
Go Green Wave!
--Dr. Jason Lenz, Principal