Husband, father, son, friend, educator, coach, leader and survivor are all terms that can be used to describe Jason Montgomery. Born in Central Kentucky, Montgomery first came to Florida in 2001 and has called Lakeland and Polk County home since 2010. Raised by wonderful parents, his father an Army Special Forces veteran and entrepreneur and his mother a stay at home parent. Jason would attend and graduate from Campbellsville University where he was a two sport athlete and received a bachelor’s degree in History.
Following college, Jason would embark on a distinguished career as a teacher, basketball coach and administrator giving him unparalleled experience in his field. In the over two decades in education Montgomery has taught at grade levels ranging from middle school through the collegiate level while teaching at public, private and charter schools including in the on-line setting. He holds Florida teaching certifications in Physical Education, Health, K-6, Exceptional Student Education and holds his Principal certification (Education Leadership). In addition to his certifications, Jason also holds a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and his Education Specialist degree in Sports Management. As a women’s basketball coach he amassed over 200 career wins and was named a coach of the year 13 times all while his teams excelled in the classroom and in the community. As an administrator Montgomery has quickly risen through the ranks at every stop along the way serving as athletic director at four different schools as well as serving as assistant principal. Currently he oversees the athletic programs for the School District of Manatee County serving six high schools, ten middle schools and some 40,000 students.
Personally, Jason is married to his college sweetheart Erin who is the Assistant Controller at Polk State College and is also the Finance Vice President for the Junior League of Greater Lakeland. They were blessed with two talented and incredible children. Their daughter Taylor, a graduate of McKeel Academy, is currently a senior at Florida State University finishing a degree in Political Science with a focus in Homeland Security. Their son Tate, a recent Kathleen High School graduate, joined the U.S. Army and will be working in with unmanned aircraft systems. Jason and Erin love the outdoors, spending time with family and friends and the arts.
The last few years have proven to be both challenging and transformational for Jason. In February of 2013 Jason lost his mother to suicide following a lengthy battle with depression. Two years later, an otherwise healthy person, Jason would suffer a heart attack at age 41. These two experiences have reshaped his view and appreciation of life and his focus on treatment of mental illness and health care for citizens. Now he is committed to making a difference in the world for his children and future generations. It is this commitment that led to his decision to seek public office.