Mason City Schools Superintendent Jonathan Cooper

Jonathan Cooper
It is a great honor and privilege to serve as the superintendent of Mason City School district. A district that is known as one of the top ten high performing, high profile schools in Ohio. We are fortunate to attract students and talent from around the world. We provide a rich academic experience combined with vast student opportunities that come with our curricular programming. Whether you are looking to compete on one of our state champion athletic teams or participate in our nationally ranked marching band or compete at globals in science olympiad - we truly strive to provide opportunities that meet all of our students’ needs and interests in and out of the classroom. 

When I first came into Mason as Superintendent, the Cooper family relocated to Mason because we truly saw this as an opportunity for our whole family to serve our whole community. My wife, Michelle, and I talked to our four kids often about the joy of learning but also the responsibility and privilege to serve our community together as a family. One of the things that drew us to Mason, not only professionally but also personally, is the quality of the Mason community. Our schools have innovative and engaged business partners as well as a unique and remarkable relationship with our City and Township that allows us to leverage local resources to address ongoing innovative partnerships as well as safety and wellness for our students, staff, and families. 

As a leader, I understand the value of building meaningful relationships through listening, collaborating, and connecting with our students, staff, and community. I have adopted a community-sourced leadership style that allows me to be in constant communication with our various valued customers in an effort to align our district direction with our community values. This has led us to focus on three key areas which we refer to as our three big rocks: 

  • An intentional focus on our culture, which is the way that the people of our organization and community live and learn together; 
  • A deep commitment to inclusive excellence which is the celebration of diversity, realization of justice and equity, and the living out of authentic inclusion; 
  • The piece that brings it all together in the classroom is personalized learning… where the learning environment is truly leveraging the talent, creativity, interests, and needs of the people. An approach that is progressively learner driven to allow all learners to discover personal purpose through the joy of learning.

Whether you are currently part of the Comet family or you are visiting our website and investigating this destination district, please know that you are welcome and we are here to serve you! 

If you see us out riding our bikes around the community, please say hello! Go Comets! 

Jonathan Cooper


Before being named superintendent, Mr. Cooper was Mason’s Chief Innovation Officer where he led the development of the Mason Experiential Learning Program allowing hundreds of students to participate in a diverse array of authentic learning experiences throughout the greater Cincinnati region. A partner-oriented leader, Cooper co-created Mason Innovation Week in collaboration with the City of Mason Leadership team and the Chief Operating Officer of Festo USA. Cooper also restructured the district's $2 million technology budget to eliminate excess programs and transitioned it from a traditional technology replacement model to a learner centric technology transformation plan that saved the district over $200,000 annually.

Mr. Cooper was also an award-winning elementary teacher in Centerville City Schools and a successful school principal in Kettering City Schools. A Martha Holden Jennings Scholar and former Ohio Teacher of the Year nominee, Cooper was able to successfully merge two diverse elementary school staffs and communities into a strong, thriving and unified Southdale Elementary in 2010.

Mr. Cooper earned his Bachelor's of Education with a concentration in Science from Ball State University, his Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton, and is currently enrolled in the EdD Program at Miami University.

  Jonathan Cooper

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