It looks like former Eastside Catholic vice principal Mark Zmuda, who was fired from the school after it discovered he had married his same-sex partner in the summer of 2013, has a new job.
Mercer Island High School superintendent Dr. Gary Plano will recommend to the Mercer Island School Board at its May 1 meeting, that Zmuda be confirmed as the new Mercer Island High School associate principal, to begin on July 1.
Zmuda was selected from a field of more than 60 applicants following a lengthy interview process involving students, parents and staff. The hiring replaces the position held by Craig Olson who left the district in January.
Zmuda received a Bachelor of Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in mathematics and his Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas, where he also earned his principal’s certification.
“Mark impressed me with his knowledge of best-instructional practices, his integrity and work ethic and his commitment to the success of all students,” Plano said.
Zmuda’s teaching experience was at the middle and high school levels in Virginia, Georgia and Florida. He was the vice principal at Eastside Catholic School where he served for approximately 18 months, before being terminated in December 2013.
He is suing Eastside Catholic School and the Archdiocese of Seattle for discrimination, breach of contract, tortious interference with business expectancy and violation of consumer protection act.
When Zmuda’s contract begins, he will assume the duties of athletic director in addition to his other assignments. He has experience as a high school coach in the areas of swimming, diving and soccer.