Welcome from the Head of School

Hello and welcome to The Montgomery Academy. I appreciate your taking the time to get to know us online.

My family and I are thrilled to be back in the South, in Montgomery, and particularly at The Montgomery Academy. From my first visit to campus, I was impressed by the warmth and sincerity of everyone I met. One key phrase of the school’s mission statement also resonated with me right away: the pursuit of excellence. Both elements speak to me – the active engagement (pursuit) and the goal (excellence). I look forward to continuing the pursuit of excellence here at this fine institution.

Whatever your role in our community I hope I will see you on campus in person soon. Please stop by and say hello whenever you are nearby. In the meantime, enjoy your time on our website and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or comments at jay_spencer@montgomeryacademy.org or (334) 272-8210.

About Jay Spencer

Spencer Family

Jay Spencer is the eighth Head of School at The Montgomery Academy.

Prior to joining the Academy, Mr. Spencer was the Director of Studies at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1984. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at Vanderbilt University, magna cum laude in 1989. He received his master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt in the same year. Jay served for the next 20 years in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer. His final tour was in command of the operational arm of the Navy's submarine rescue forces as Commanding Officer of Deep Submergence Unit in San Diego, CA.

Mr. Spencer met his wife, Dr. Kristin Spencer, while at Vanderbilt. They are the parents of four children, Jackie, Colin, Matt and David.

My thoughts on Leadership and Community

I believe that leadership can be learned. It is probably true that some are “born leaders,” but I reject the idea that if you are not born a leader you will never be a leader. I plan to make it my personal mission at The Montgomery Academy to educate leaders. Traditional academic subjects are of course important, but I believe the process of educating students in the art of leadership may be just as vital to accomplishing the ultimate goal: to help children grow into productive and positive members of their communities. This includes at home, at work or school, at play, and online. There are multiple communities to which we each belong, including family, church, clubs, our country, and the global community. It is important to the health of each community that every member appreciate the appropriate rights and responsibilities that come with membership, and that all strive together to create an inclusive and safe environment where everyone including prospective members of the community can thrive. Communities need leaders. The Montgomery Academy educates leaders.

To the Board

I am honored to work with you all. I appreciate the confidence you have placed in me and the support I have felt every step of the way. I could not ask for a finer group of dedicated individuals working hard together as a team towards a common goal: to make MA the best community-oriented institution that it can be.

To the Faculty & Staff

I appreciate the welcome you have shown me and your service to this fine school. Please share with me your individual goals and I will do my best to help you achieve them. I look forward to working with each of you over the coming months and years in pursuit of excellence.

To Parents and Other Family Members

Thank you for entrusting your treasures to me and to The Montgomery Academy. I pledge that we will do our best to help every student to reach his or her full potential here and to develop into a positive leader in society. Please let me know if there is an area you feel I should pay closer attention to, or if I should consider making any specific improvements for the good of the community.

To the Students

I can’t wait to meet you all. I want you to know that I value your input and your contributions to the school community. Please don’t hesitate to talk to me anytime you see me – I would love to hear what’s on your mind. You are the essential core of what we do and you do matter. Remember that and make us all proud.

To Prospective Families

Please stop by to see what is happening at MA! I would love to help you explore to see whether this community might be a good fit for you. Every child is different, but I believe we have a lot to offer a wide variety of students from every background. I look forward to hearing your feedback, both positive and negative, about your decision-making experience and how we are doing at helping you navigate what can be a difficult process. I want what you want: what is best for you and your child. I hope that you will consider letting me show you what MA has to offer as you make this very important decision.

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