The position of school leader is a crucial part of the IA culture. I’ve never seen a transition of authority that is this supportive. When I took the mantle up from the previous school leader, Stone, he was extremely helpful and always there when I needed advice on any issue. Real leadership is never carried by one man or woman, but it takes the support of close friends and mentors to make it successful. Being school leader at IA carries a series of challenges and requires a certain mindset to carry out. My goal was to establish a personal connection every student so that I could best love and lead them in the calling we have. The role is heavily supported by the school staff and every student at the school and it is vital for the school's mission to succeed. I always wanted all of my peers to learn to love God and grow as men together.
The school leader has a heavy influence on the students and the culture. As leader over the school, it's our job to ensure the accountability and growth of every young man at school. As long as this influential position is filled with capable young men like the ones before me and as I’m sure the next one will be, the school and the mission of biblical manhood is possible and plausible. Now as the torch passes again, onto the next leader, the support and relationship between our past and present leaders helps the transition of responsibility go smoother. My goal now is to support and help Jon to the best of my ability to lead as well as I know he can, praying my example guided us closer and closer to our goal.
Parent Perspective from James & Sandi Welch:
Jackson started attending Iron Academy in the 8th grade and has grown into a mature young man in the past 4 years. Sandi and I are very proud of our son and extremely grateful for the influence that Iron Academy has had upon him. We have seen him grow in many ways, but none more than in love for people. He genuinely cares about his family, friends, and fellow students. We have noticed that he is making great strides in effectively communicating that love. He has a passion to see his fellow Iron Academy scholars succeed and has taken ownership of his role in that effort. This year has been difficult for all students and we have witnessed Jackson make great effort in helping his friends at church through this trying year. In his senior year at Iron Academy, we are expecting to see continued growth and are excited to see how the Lord will work in His heart and soul this coming year.
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