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Mr. Mark Zmuda

Wrong Mark Zmuda?

Associate Principal

Mercer Island High School
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • 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, ...
www.mi-reporter.com, 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.
Sienna Colburn to be honored for ...
www.sgn.org, 31 Oct 2014 [cached]
Sienna Colburn to be honored for her support of Mark Zmuda
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Sienna Colburn to be honored for her support of Mark Zmuda
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Sienna Colburn, a student at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, led the charge in a movement to support Mark Zmuda, a former vice principal who was fired last December for being married to a man. Sienna was a sophomore on the swim team coached by Mr. Z.
Outraged by his unfair firing, she posted to Twitter #savemrz2013. A social media campaign to Keep Mr. Z followed her tweet, and what ensued was a groundswell of support. Hundreds of students from Eastside Catholic and neighboring high schools organized walk-outs and sit-ins; the swim team posted a banner reading 'We swim for Zmuda' at a swim meet; alumni conducted rallies and warned the school they would stop donating; parents threatened to remove their children from Eastside Catholic; and a petition calling for Zmuda's reinstatement garnered more than 20,000 signatures. Student activists also marked January 31 as Z Day and urged Zmuda's supporters to wear orange, one of the school's colors, and to join in a minute of silence to show support for Mr. Z.
The students at Eastside Catholic bravely stood for the right to love and spoke out against injustice. Zmuda says, 'It is those memories I will cherish and remember after all that transpired.' Though Eastside Catholic refused to reinstate Zmuda, he has accepted a position as Associate Principal and Director of Athletic Programs at Mercer Island High School.
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Sienna Colburn to be honored for her support of Mark Zmuda
Mercer Island High School ...
www.mi-reporter.com, 27 Oct 2014 [cached]
Mercer Island High School athletic director Mark Zmuda said the issue was a clerical error that was self-reported in mid-October. Beyond that, Zmuda said he was unable to comment further on the ineligibility.
Mark Zmuda, who was also a ...
www.charismanews.com, 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.
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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
www.eastsidecatholic.org, 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 mzmuda@eastsidecatholic.org or 425-295-3038.
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