Dr. Brett Jacobsen

Maker. Multiplier. Maverick.

Leading Forward

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

MVPS is a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders. Established in 1972, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, located on 37 acres in the heart of Sandy Springs, serves children ages six weeks through Grade 12. We would love to partner with you to invest in the future of eduction.

The Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation

The Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation is a team of maverick leaders and educational designers who are helping schools transform through people-centered design. MVIFI grew from the thought and action leadership at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. MVIFI provides leadership in transformational learning and school redesign in a number of ways.


Hosted by Dr. Brett Jacobsen, Head of School at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, Design Movement is a 21st century learning and leadership conversation of creative collaborators in education, business, and the non-profit community.

Read about Brett’s Story

My Story

Dr. Brett Jacobsen serves as Head of School for Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, GA. Redefining school, Brett advocates for a new kind of framework for this generation of students. A 21st century framework for redesigning student success and demonstrating student mastery requires all learning communities to develop a relevant and innovative learning and assessment map for each student; recognizes the critical process of employing a variety of approaches and methodologies in order to engage and motivate students of this generation; and prioritizes the training and development of teachers in a fast paced digitally-based global marketplace.


Leading Mount Vernon through a transformational period, Brett launched the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) comprised of The Center for Design Thinking, The Center for Global Competitiveness, and The Center for Citizen Leadership. Focused on addressing local and global challenges, MVIFI cultivates public-private partnerships to foster creative collaboration at the intersections of the marketplace, education sector, nonprofit and civic communities. 
A national leader in design thinking, Brett and his MVIFI team lead //fuse – an annual summit sharing Mount Vernon’s process in design thinking as a way to increase the critical mass of public and private schools immersed in human-centered problem solving.


Brett shares and expands his influence through his blogging, tweeting, and presenting at regional and national conferences. He also hosts a podcast – Design Movement, a 21st century learning and leadership conversation with business leaders, educational innovators, and nonprofit trailblazers. He serves as a board member on Leadership+Design, advisory council member for EdLeader21, a proud member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2013.


A native of Texas, Dr. Jacobsen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Texas Tech University, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston, and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Baylor University, with a dissertation on “Teacher Perceptions Relating to Fostering Resilience in High School Students.”