Attracts Local Leader, Mark Bistricky
as New Head of School
posted Mar 20, 2014, 12:35 PM by AAIS
The Tesseract School Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Mark Bistricky as the new Head of School beginning July 1, 2014. Â Tesseract is an independent school with campuses in Paradise Valley and Phoenix, Arizona. Â Tesseract inspires students from pre-school through twelfth grade to realize their individual potential by preparing them for the 21st century.
Bistricky is currently Head of School at Valley Christian High School in Chandler, Arizona. Â During his three year tenure, Bistricky incorporated a mindset of professional excellence in all aspects of the school's operation, increased academic rigor by embracing research-based best practices in every classroom to support student learning and teaching in every subject area and increased enrollment by almost 20% from 2012 to 2013.
has ten years of education leadership experience in both California and Arizona.
Bistricky's appointment follows a national and international search to identify the right leader who will bring vision and passion to advance Tesseract Schoolâ€™s mission. Â The Board of Trustees engaged national educational search firm Carney Sandoe & Associates over the past six months to assist. Â The search committee, led by board vice-chair Jack Padovano, reviewed over 126 candidates and conducted extensive interviews with a broad range of highly qualified finalists prior to selecting Bistricky. Â
was drawn to â€œThe Tesseract Wayâ€� because it fully aligns with his
philosophy of leadership and education. Â â€œMy philosophy is framed around four values," stated Bistricky
, "excellence, student-focus, innovation and community. Â Tesseract reflects all of these values at a very high level. Â I'm honored to join this extraordinary school.
â€œMark meets all the key criteria we sought for Tesseract's next Head of School," said Padovano. Â "Mark
firmly believes in and will 'live' the Tesseract Way. Â He
envisions the school Tesseract is becoming and possesses the entrepreneurial acumen, stamina, academic stature and business savvy to build our future."Â
Board chair Kim Hochschuler also commented, "Mark is a consummate professional and education leader. Â He will bring strategic vision and discipline to all aspects of the School including faculty growth, teaching and learning and governance. Â He is a person of remarkable character, compassion, and foresight and will work closely with the trustees to take our School to even higher standards of excellence.â€�
is a native of Arizona. Â He
is a graduate of Santa Clara University
(Master of Arts, Ed Admin), University of Arizona
(Master of Arts, History) and Whittier College
-Magna Cum Laude).