Dr. Christopher Marczak is an innovative
and cutting-edge professional, with over 17 years of experience working
with children and adults in
In the winter of 1996, Mr. Marczak graduated from
Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Interdisciplinary Studies and Elementary Education. He secured his
first teaching position at Cumberland Elementary in the Metropolitan
Nashville Public School system. While at Cumberland, Christopher secured an
extra position as an assistant technology instructor, as well as playing
a vital role in helping the school raise over one thousand dollars for
media center equipment.
In the fall of 1999, Mr. Marczak left the Metropolitan Nashville Public
School system for a teaching position at Rutland Elementary, located in Wilson
County. Mr. Marczak played an
important role in many activities undertaken by the school. He
served as co-chairman of the initial accreditation process for Rutland
from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He was the
technology liaison for Rutland Elementary. He secured
an eight thousand dollar technology grant for educational software.
He was appointed by the Director of Schools as a board member of the
county-wide technology improvement committee. He was the principal
designer and former director of Rutland Elementary's first web page.
He provided mentoring and
leadership for Experiencing Technology in the Classroom program,
designed to improve educational technology literacy for acting teachers.
He presented the topic, "Administrators Supporting School Change
with Educational Technology", at the Mid-State Technology
Conference for Tennessee administrators in 2004 and "Principal
Technology: From the Lab to the Classroom" in 2005.
In the winter of 2004, Mr. Marczak accepted a leadership position with
the Metropolitan Nashville Public School system as the assistant principal of Charlotte Park Elementary, where his job
duties entailed providing assistance to the executive principal, observing
and evaluating educators, serving on various school-based committees,
acting as liaison between the school and business community, providing
mentorship to students, and other duties as are necessary. In the
summer of 2008, Dr. Marczak transferred to Una Elementary when the
assistant principal position became available.
In the summer of 2009, Dr. Marczak was
promoted as the Executive Principal at McGavock Elementary school in
Donelson, TN. Dr. Marczak overhauled the instructional technology integration at
McGavock Elementary by equipping each classroom with SmartBoards,
digital projectors, document cameras, student response systems
(clickers), laptop computers, and desktop computers. Dr. Marczak had two stationary labs built and secured two mobile labs with
28 Apple iPods and 16 Samsung Galaxy Tabs. Dr. Marczak spotlighted
McGavock Elementary, in
EdTech Magazine's April 2010 issue, as a result of the integration
of technology into McGavock Elementary. Dr. Marczak led McGavock
Elementary through a successful SACS-CASI reaccreditation process during
the 2010-2011 school year. As a result of the visit by SACS-CASI,
Dr. Marczak was commended for his visionary leadership that creates a
collaborative and open environment for all stakeholders at McGavock
For the 2011-2012 school year,
Dr. Marczak led the initiative of fully integrating Professional
Learning Communities at McGavock Elementary. The initiative was an
effort by the school stakeholders to switch McGavock Elementary from a
school that focused heavily on teaching to an environment that vested in
learning first by both teachers and students. As a result of the
work that was accomplished, McGavock Elementary was listed as a Reward
School in the State of Tennessee. Learning gains in all tested
areas surpassed expectations with the largest gain of 36 percentile
points in third grade math (3.2 percentile points expected) and the
smallest gain of 16 percentile points in third through fourth grade Math
(3.5 percentile points expected). Reading and Language Arts third
grade posted a 27 percentile point gain (4 percentile points expected)
and third through fourth grade Reading and Language Arts posted a 22
percentile point gain (3.1 percentile points expected).
In the summer of 2012, Dr. Marczak was assigned to lead Bellshire Elementary and transition the school to a Professional Learning Community to mimic the same results that were achieved at McGavock Elementary. As a result of the gains posted at McGavock Elementary, Dr. Marczak was promoted as a Network Lead Principal. The Network Lead Principal was a position where Dr. Marczak served as the executive principal of Bellshire but also mentored four to five other principals to integrate the same successes that Dr. Marczak had at McGavock Elementary. Dr. Marczak was the mentor to Cole Elementary, Fall-Hamilton Elementary, Shwab Elementary, and Napier Elementary. Dr. Marczak also worked closely with East End Prep Charter School to learn how Charter Schools function and operate.
In addition to being a Lead Principal in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School system, Dr. Marczak was also an active participant in the Tennessee School Boards Associationís Prospective Superintendents Academy. This year-long process took him through the process of learning what it is like to be a Superintendent with projects, presentations, and working with current school Superintendents. As a result of his successful completion of the Superintendentís Academy, he was recommended to apply for the open Assistant Superintendentís position with Oak Ridge, TN
Dr. Marczak began working as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Oak Ridge, TN in July of 2013. The Assistant Superintendentís position reports directly to the Superintendent of Schools and is responsible for the PreK-12 curricular program, Student Services, Special Education, Professional Development, and Instructional/Information Technology. Dr. Marczak is responsible for and operates a $48,000,000 annual budget as well as overseeing over five thousand (5,000) employees. While overseeing the Oak Ridge Schools system, Dr. Marczak has successfully passed a balanced calendar (eight weeks in school, two weeks off school) for all schools; implemented a continuous improvement process focused on community input and scorecards for all schools and the system; assisted Oak Ridge high School with achieving its highest ACT composite in the schoolsí history (23.3); implemented an alternative State mandated pay strategy focusing on school-based coaching with teachers taking on the extra responsibility of becoming STEM, Data, and Professional Learning Community coaches; and began a Bring Your Own Device program, PreK-12, which implemented $1,000,000 in technology upgrades and teachers receiving ongoing technology professional development.
In the spring of 2000, Mr. Marczak returned to school to further his education at Trevecca Nazarene University. He graduated in August of 2002 with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. Continuing at Trevecca in the fall of 2003, he began his Doctorate in Leadership and Professional Practice. In the spring semester of 2004, he was elected by his peers as the cohort representative, a liaison position between the university and the doctoral cohort. Mr. Marczak successfully defended his dissertation, The Effect of Technology Education for Teachers, and completed the doctoral program in the summer of 2006. The Effect of Technology
Teachers, and completed the doctoral program in the summer of 2006.
In the fall of 2007, Dr. Marczak returned to Trevecca Nazarene University as an adjunct professor. Dr. Marczak has taught in five different sections of the School of Education: Masters of Library and Information Sciences, Masters of Instructional Technology, Masters of English Language Learners, Masters of Instructional Effectiveness and the Doctoral program in Leadership and Professional Practice. In the Fall of 2014, Dr. Marczak began doctoral advising for four doctoral students. Throughout the process, Dr. Marczak will oversee each studentsí entire doctoral dissertation as well as each studentsí completion through graduation.
In the fall of 2008, Dr. Marczak was approached by David Lipscomb University to begin work as an adjunct professor in the School of Education. Dr. Marczak has taught two courses in the Instructional Technology and Educational Leadership sections and helped the School of Education create a transformational leader licensure program. In the Spring of 2015, Dr. Marczak will begin teaching in the doctoral program, Entrepreneurship in Education.