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Dr. Marc Schaffer, assistant superintendent, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO
Dr. Marc Schaffer has proudly dedicated his entire professional career to public education for nearly 25 years. Marc has served in a wide array of teaching and leadership capacities, and has acquired a broad and diverse skillset centered on serving students, being responsive to communities, and having an unwavering commitment to equity and diversity.
Marc currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership for the Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colorado—a World-Class school district serving 31,000 students within 56 schools. In his role, Marc is responsible for the supervision and support of the district’s K-8, middle, and high schools. He also supervises and provides support to the Career and Technical Education Program. Marc is currently serving on the District’s executive steering committee for Equity and Diversity. He also developed a middle and high school student leadership group at the District level that provides counsel and perspective to the leadership of Boulder Valley.
Prior to coming to Boulder, Marc held a number of administrative roles from high school dean and middle school principal to a Director of Middle School Education. Marc’s administrative experiences, combined with his 10 years of classroom instruction at the elementary, middle and high school levels, has enabled him to lead with conviction and expertise.
Marc is a proud graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He also has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University.
Marc and his wife Liz have one daughter, Elana, who will be starting middle school next year.