Matthew Mehler Named Next JGMS Assistant Principal

By Kim Siebert MacPhail 

On May 21, Superintendent of Schools Jon Sills reported to the School Committee that Matthew Mehler has been hired as the next John Glenn Middle School Assistant Principal. Reading from a memo composed by JGMS Principal Kevin Tracey to introduce Mehler to JGMS staff, Sills reported that Mehler “has devoted the last 15 years to educating and working with middle school children” and that he currently serves as teacher at Lexington’s Jonas Clark Middle School as well as Social Studies Department Head, positions he has held since 2001.”

Before working in Lexington, Mehler taught in the Boston Public Schools and spent two years as a middle school teacher on Saipan, the largest of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands. He holds a B.A. in Geography from the University of Delaware, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Northeastern University and is currently pursuing his doctorate.
Mehler is noted by colleagues as a role model for inclusive leadership, a great listener and a creative problem solver, according to Tracey.  Testaments to Mehler’s leadership style include the following accolades from colleagues:

Matt is a natural at building relationships with kids and staff. He has seamlessly melded the cultures of two very different schools and has served as an exemplar for other department heads to follow.”

“Matt best shines in difficult situations. He is a consummate professional with a great sense
of humor. He is kind, intelligent, transparent, organized, sincere, and hardworking without any showboating. He collaboratively identifies needs through conversations with faculty and parents, asks questions, confronts issues head-on and is a clear, thoughtful communicator.”

Mehler’s official starting date is July 1 but he will work with Tracey and current Assistant Principal Peter Chapman over the next few weeks drafting an entry plan to ensure a smooth transition.


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