Highline Director of Technology Services Mark Finstrom earns certification

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MarkFinstromThe Highline School District announced Thursday (July 25) that Director of Technology Services Mark Finstrom is one just 75 school district technology directors across the country to earn the distinction of ‘Certified Education Technology Leader’ (CETL).

Only two other technology directors in Washington State have passed this rigorous certification program since its inception three years ago.

“This certification demonstrates Mark’s understanding of cutting edge education technology,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “We are extremely proud of Mark’s hard work and dedication to his profession and Highline Public Schools.”

CETL candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree, a minimum of four years of education technology experience, and pass a comprehensive two-part exam based on 10 skill areas.

These areas of study include leadership and vision, strategic planning, ethics and policy, instructional focus and professional development, team building and staffing, stakeholder focus, information technology management, communication systems management, business management, and data management.

Certified Education Technology Leaders are required to complete extensive continuing education in order to stay current with changes in technology.

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One Response to “Highline Director of Technology Services Mark Finstrom earns certification”
  1. Shari says:

    Congratulations, Mark. One of two in the state and one of 75 nationwide is a very impressive accomplishment. I’m glad you’re here working on behalf of the students in Highline. I hope you have budgeted time to work with them directly to build their own technology, workplace and leadership skills in preparation for the current and future job market.

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