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Mr. Mark Zmuda

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Employment History


  • bachelor of science , mathematics education
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • master of education , educational leadership and policy studies
    University of Texas
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Educator Mark Zmuda, ..., 24 Dec 2014 [cached]
Educator Mark Zmuda, formerly a principal at Eastside Catholic High School, is chosen as the new associate principal at Mercer Island High School.
Friday will be the last day ..., 1 Dec 2013 [cached]
Friday will be the last day at Eastside Catholic for vice principal and swim coach Mark Zmuda, 38, who joined the staff about a year and a half ago.
Zmuda did not return calls from The Times. Whether Zmuda left voluntarily or was forced out, once he married another man his fate at the school was sealed. While parochial schools and other Catholic institutions do hire gay people, many employees, particularly those in schools overseen by dioceses, sign a contract promising to uphold the teachings of the church as a condition of their employment. Same-sex unions violate church teachings. "Mark's same-sex marriage over the summer violated his employment contract with the school," stated the letter to Eastside Catholic parents. In recognition of their constitutional rights, faith-based employers generally are afforded greater latitude than secular employers in complying with anti-discrimination laws. Eastside Catholic president Sister Mary Tracy said she discussed Zmuda's case in person with Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain within the last two weeks and they had what she described as a collaborative conversation. Sartain didn't give her an explicit order to fire Zmuda, Tracy said.
According to the school's website, Zmuda previously worked at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions for the last 13 years. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., and a Master of Education degree in educational leadership and policy studies with principal certification from the University of Texas. A national gay-rights group condemned his termination.
According to a statement from ..., 18 Jan 2014 [cached]
According to a statement from Eastside Catholic High School in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish, Vice Principal Mark Zmuda resigned in mid-December during a meeting with school officials "for violating his signed agreement to abide by Catholic Church teachings."
In the weeks since his departure, Eastside Catholic students have staged a sit-in protest and launched a petition not only in support of Zmuda, asking for his reinstatement, but in an effort "to change the Catholic Church's opposition (to) gay marriage. As of Jan. 17, the petition had more than 33,000 signatures of people around the country.
Archbishop Sartain said in his Jan. 15 statement that he had received a copy of the petition that morning.
It also noted that when Zmuda "married his same-sex partner, the school administration was left with no acceptable alternative that would allow him to remain eligible for employment at Eastside Catholic School" and the school's president and CEO, Sister Mary Tracy, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary "had no choice other than to discuss resignation."
Mark Zmuda, who was also a ..., 10 Mar 2014 [cached]
Mark Zmuda, who was also a swim coach at Eastside Catholic School, said he took the job after reading a school policy, since removed from its website, that it does not discriminate on the basis of an employee's sexual orientation or marital status.
His ouster, which led to student protests followed by the school president's resignation, is an example of tension between the increasing number of Americans who support same-sex marriage and religiously affiliated employers who view it as immoral.
"I was told I could either divorce or be fired," Zmuda told reporters at his lawyer's Seattle office. "How could anyone ask anyone else to make that kind of choice?"
Same-sex marriage became legal in Washington state in November 2012. Zmuda was married last July.
The school counters in a response that it said it had yet to file in court that Washington's gay marriage law exempts religious institutions from recognizing same-sex marriages. A copy of the response seen by Reuters also asserts that Zmuda's lawsuit infringes on the school's first amendment right to religious freedom. It wants the lawsuit dismissed.
The school of 935 students in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish said Zmuda had agreed to abide by Catholic principles, and that he initially obscured his relationship by listing his then-boyfriend as a roommate on an emergency contact form.
It said parents complained of "inappropriate" photographs posted to Zmuda's Facebook account, which he subsequently agreed to delete.
In a case similar to Zmuda's in California in July, a teacher at a Catholic school was fired after marrying his male partner. In December, a Catholic teacher in Pennsylvania told the Philadelphia Inquirer and ABC News affiliate WPVI that he was fired after he applied for a marriage license with his same-sex partner.
Zmuda sued for breach of contract, violation of public policy and violation of state consumer-protection and anti-discrimination laws.
Eastside Catholic ~Principals, 17 June 2013 [cached]
Mark Zmuda Mark Zmuda is the Middle School Vice Principal. Mark received a bachelor of science in mathematics education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Virginia. He holds a master of education in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas, with principal certification. Mark has been a mathematics teacher, department chair, and handled a variety of administrative roles at the middle and high school levels over the past 13 years. Prior to his time at EC, Mark was at Cardinal Gibbons School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
You can contact Mark at or 425-295-3038.
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