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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Mark Daniel


My road in life has been direct.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in sales and marketing.
After graduating, I started my career in technical sales.
I eventually realized that my passion actually lied in education, so I decided to make a career change.
I began my career in education as a math and business teacher.
I taught for nine years and then moved into an assistant principal role.
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.
After that, I moved up to serve as a principal, which I did for about 10 years.
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.
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High School
Business Administration and Management
University of Toledo
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Indiana University Fort Wayne
Educational Leadership and Administration
Indiana State University



I oversee the largest public school district in Indiana.

Career Roadmap

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Working with Others

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.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Put time into figuring out your passions. Once you have that, make a plan. Map out what your path will be to get into that career. Creating that map will give you a more focused drive that will be highly beneficial in getting you through your educational path and into your desired career field.