Zachary Zeckser

Principal

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What do you love most about your work?
Catholic school administration is unlike any other vocation! I am constantly amazed by the work I do. I get to work on so many different pieces of the Saint Mark's puzzle from curriculum to faith to business matters, and it is all exciting, challenging and rewarding because of the people with whom I get to do it!

What has being part of a faith-based community taught you?
The faith of this community has taught me that together, we form the Body of Christ, and because of that we can overcome great odds! It has taught me about hospitality, joy, generosity, and faith. I knew a good deal about servant leadership from my studies, but the community of Saint Mark's has shown me examples of servant leadership that textbooks and research cannot.

What does being a Marker mean to you?
Being a Marker means being part of history. With over 100 years of excellence in education, faith, and community, Saint Mark's is in several ways the Godfather of Catholic schools in the Twin Cities. I am humbled to lead the school community, but I know I do it with generations of greatness from which to learn.

Share a bit about yourself:
While I am an Iowan at heart, I love living in Minnesota with my wife and three young children. My favorite memories are of time spent with my family - immediate and extended - usually somehow tied to Iowa Hawkeye or Notre Dame Fighting Irish sports. I moved to the Twin Cities to attend the University of St. Thomas where I studied Theology, Catholic Studies and Justice and Peace Studies. I then earned my teaching license through UST, earned my MA in education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and then earned my MA in education administration from the University of Notre Dame. I have been slowly earning an MA in servant leadership from Viterbo University as well. My educational experience, coupled with my experience as a theology teacher and campus minister at Benilde-St. Margaret's and Holy Family, have instilled in me an inexhaustible passion for servant leadership in Catholic Schools.

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