Mary Jo Tye, principal of Oriole Lane Elementary School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District, has expressed her intention to retire from her position at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Tye has served as principal of Oriole Lane for 26 years.
“The passion that Mary Jo has for education and for her students is truly inspiring,” said Matthew Joynt, Ph.D., superintendent of schools.
During Tye’s tenure, the role of leadership has dramatically changed across industries, and education is no exception. A lifelong learner herself, Tye has embraced a changing leadership dynamic. Her leadership style is to construct a shared vision with all members of the school community, convene the conversations, insist upon a student-learning focus, evoke and support leadership in others, model and participate in collaborative practices, and help pose the questions and facilitate dialogue that addresses the issues of practice at hand.
Tye’s commitment to equity—seeking to ensure that all students receive what they need, when they need it, in order to succeed—is a foundational and pervasive component of Oriole Lane’s culture.
“For all of these reasons, Mary Jo serves as a model of 21st-century educational leadership,” said Joynt.
Under Tye’s tenure, Oriole Lane was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2017. Oriole Lane received the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award in three of the last four years, and was recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for being a High Achieving School. Tye was honored with a Herb Kohl Leadership Award in 2019.
“After 26 years of serving students and leading our remarkable staff, this school building is like my second home and the people who bring it to life each day feel like my extended family,” said Tye. “But the time is right for me to enter a new chapter in my life. Above all, I am most proud of our wonderful students, a strong team of staff and committed parents that have made Oriole Lane what it is today. The relationships I have built over the years will never be forgotten.
“In the meantime, we have a lot of work yet to do this year,” said Tye. “In that time, I will take delight in each moment and will no doubt find many more opportunities to add to a lifetime of treasured memories.”