Mark Flaten began his teaching career in September 2001. Besides being a first year teacher, the events of September 11th truly put his ability to connect with and lead students to the ultimate test. Many thanks to his humble middle class upbringing and collegiate international travels, Mark quickly put to work his two educational principles that continue to guide his work;
Education = Freedom
Tolerance is not an acceptable
replacement for teaching students to
celebrate our differences.
After teaching for 5 years at suburban Grafton High School, Mark began his Administrative journey in rural Nekoosa, becoming an AP and Activities Director. He then moved to Green Bay East HS for a year before spending the next 7 as the Head Learner of Green Bay West HS. During his time at West HS, West became just the 13th authorized International Baccalaureate Diploma Program school in Wisconsin. This revitalization of West HS yielded a 17% increase in graduation rates, a 55% increase in graduates earning college credit, and a $535,000.00 increase in college scholarships awarded to West graduates. In 2017, Mark and his family moved south to be closer family and friends while becoming the Principal of Waupaca HS. In 2018, Mark agreed to become the Director of Teaching and Learning for the School District of Waupaca.