Introducing Breck's new Chief Information Officer
In the 2017-2018 school year, Breck embarked upon an audit of our technology systems and infrastructure. The results of that process inspired this year’s strategic initiative to upgrade our systems’ sophistication and improve all users’ experiences with our technology. Another recommendation from that audit was the addition of a Chief Information Officer to lead three key components of our technology: data management, infrastructure, and academic technology. We were committed to finding a senior level administrator with the experience and insight to improve and inspire all aspects of technology at our school. After a nationwide search, we are pleased to announce that Mark Garrison has accepted the position of Chief Information Officer beginning July 1, 2019.
A visionary leader with a proven record of large-scale implementation, Mark comes to Breck with an impressive resume surrounding academic innovation and technology. For the past six years, he has served as Director of Technology and Innovation in the White Bear Lake School District where he leads a 26-member team that serves 9,000 students in the district. In addition to this work, Mark has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine's University. He is a Google Certified Teacher and a frequent keynote and consultant for conferences and schools across the U.S. and Canada.
Garrison holds a broad understanding and appreciation for schools of many sizes. He began his career teaching students in grades 1-12 in the Bering Strait School District in Alaska followed by 4th and 5th grades in Ely and Minnetonka districts, respectively. Garrison is described as an energetic and positive leader that is passionate about working collaboratively to lead change.
"I am very honored and excited to start a new position and think about how I will shape this position into one that serves Breck in many ways now and in the future," says Garrison. "I was drawn to Breck because of its mission — it resonated with me from the very beginning. After visiting, I saw that vision come to life in a school that is both a great place to learn and work."
Garrison holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica and an M.A. in Instructional Learning Technologies from the University of Minnesota. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children. Please join us in welcoming their family to our community!
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