Hello everyone, my name is Brian Jaeger and as of July 1st, I am the new Superintendent of the Monticello Community School District. I have met so many wonderful people in the last few weeks and I wanted to say thank you to everyone for giving my family such a warm welcome to the Monticello community. My wife (Jen) and three girls (Payton, Mia, and Koye) are all very excited to be here and very thankful to be a part of such a wonderful community.
I wanted to share a little about myself. I grew up in Dubuque, Iowa and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School (1988). Then, I attended Iowa State University (Go Cyclones!!!) where I received my Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in Psychology (1993) with teaching certification in several social studies areas. I have also received my Master’s Degree (M.A.) from Drake University in Educational Administration (1999) and my Doctorate Degree (Ed.D.) from Argosy University in Advanced Educational Administration (2014).
I began my career in education as a high school teacher/coach in the Olin-Oxford Junction School District. Then I became a Middle School/High School Principal and Athletic Director in the Ar-We-Va School District in western Iowa. In 2001, my wife and I moved to Gilbert, Arizona where I have been a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Principal, and Executive Director of Secondary Schools. In my most recent position, as the Executive Director of Secondary Schools for Gilbert Public Schools, I was responsible for five traditional high schools, six traditional junior high schools, one alternative high school, and one academy high school. I have had the unique opportunity to educate students in a small district (Olin-Oxford Junction) of 300 students and in a large district (Gilbert Public Schools) of 36,000 students. Each of these experiences has been an important chapter of my life in which I have learned valuable lessons about education.
The foundation of my educational philosophy is to put “students first”. I believe that building positive relationships with the staff, students, parents, and the community creates the type of educational environment that is most conducive to learning. I believe in leadership, hard work ethic, and teamwork and try to model those attributes in my daily practice. I really look forward to working with MCSD stakeholders to continue a tradition of excellence in academics and extracurricular activities as well as working with them to find ways to make the Monticello Community School District the best that it can be.
I have really appreciated all of the positive stories people have shared with me about the Monticello community and the school district over the last few weeks. I really look forward to being a part of the community and contributing to the success of the school district as we begin the next chapter together.
Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions or just want to say hello. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.