Welcome Letter to Mount Vernon Team


August 8, 2012 by jbrettjacobsen

Today kicked off The Year of Collaboration at my school where I have the privilege to serve alongside some of the highest performing people I have ever been around. At each seat, the following letter awaited their arrival.


Moment. You have arrived at an extraordinary moment.

In this moment, start with questions, not answers.

Fail up.


Have fun.

We are not interested in red tape, fixed mindsets, low expectations, or blending in. We are interested in solution seekers, ethical decision-makers, communicators, creative thinkers, collaborators, and innovators.

We are building something exceptional here. We need the work of your hands, the wisdom of your mind, and the discernment of your heart.

Become the most of something in your field. Look at the familiar as if you have never seen it before. Search for new ideas in new places.

Welcome to The Year of Collaboration.  At our respective schools, may this be a year that we stop making a case for change because change on a global scale has already taken place – technology, financial markets, and shifts in education. Collaborate – our students deserve it.



7 thoughts on “Welcome Letter to Mount Vernon Team

  1. […] Brett Jacobson is Head of School at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta and a blogger at Design Movement: 21st century Learning and Leadership.   This week he shared on his blog his welcome letter to his administrative colleagues, and it is […]

  2. […] Welcome Letter to Mt. Vernon Team, Brett Jacobsen […]

  3. Scott Shaw says:

    Dr. Jacobsen, thank you for sharing your elegant, inspiring, and concise words. As a middle school principal and connected educator and human, I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment that “conversations” about change are extinct. I’m inspired by your passion for staff, students, and community, and plan to echo your “call” to a brilliant year!

  4. […] Evidently, I wasn’t the only one who was inspired, because just as I was starting to think about how to put this into action, I read Jonathan Martin’s guest post on Connected Principals, We are building something Exceptional Here, A Welcome Letter for the New School Year, where he shared how another administrator, Dr. Brett Martin, had also been inspired by the Apple note and had written to his colleagues. […]

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Dr. Brett Jacobsen

Head of School
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Atlanta, GA

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