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Mark Daniel
Mark Daniel

Mark Daniel

Fort Wayne Community Schools

Fort Wayne, IN USA

"If you’re not failing, then you’re not trying."

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Day In The Life


I oversee the largest public school district in Indiana.


Day In The Life Of A Superintendent Of A Public School District

My Day to Day

As superintendent, I'm essentially the CEO of the school district. I spend a lot of time in meetings with cabinet-level employees. I also spend time working on things like DEI efforts in the district. I work to make sure we're embracing all students, parents, and community members. When I'm not in meetings, I'm processing and prioritizing emails and the issues and tasks they bring forward.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Business Administration and Management

    University of Toledo

  • Graduate Degree

    Secondary School Administration/Principalship

    Indiana University Fort Wayne

  • Doctorate

    Educational Leadership and Administration

    Indiana State University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    I earned my bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in sales and marketing.

  • 2.

    After graduating, I started my career in technical sales.

  • 3.

    I eventually realized that my passion actually lied in education, so I decided to make a career change.

  • 4.

    I began my career in education as a math and business teacher.

  • 5.

    I taught for nine years and then moved into an assistant principal role.

  • 6.

    As assistant principal, I started more as a dean and managed some curricular activities, and then I transitioned to serving in more of an assistant to the principal role.

  • 7.

    After that, I moved up to serve as a principal, which I did for about 10 years.

  • 8.

    I then moved up to superintendent—I started as the superintendent of a small school district, then a mid-sized district, and now I’m superintendent of the largest public school district in Indiana.