Hello, I'm Mark Schultz, Principal of Pioneer High School. My wife and I live in Arcade with our three children. You will see us walking and enjoying our community often.

Below is some information about what I think and how I lead at PHS. It is my personal commitment in life to make changes for improvement, to work hard, and to do my best in every situation. These beliefs guide my connections with all students, families, and school staff; consistently building upon strengths in all. I believe that leading by example, treating all people with respect, feeds and facilitates growth. As an instructional leader, I hold that all students can learn and achieve educational goals when meaningful relationships exist within their school and school-community. These beliefs and practices establish clear expectations and standards common for all.

Leadership Pledge

Community  Goals

  • Consistently maintain links with local community agencies by hosting partnership caucuses/forums
  • Collaborate continually with parents at school and off campus (Java town hall, etc.)
  • Accessible to all using traditional and innovative methods (facebook, texting, wikis, blogs)
  • Continue serving with the Arcade Fire Department

Building Goals

  • Deepen relationships with faculty, determining their personal views & needs
  • Strengthen partnerships with faculty and assistant principals through sincere interactions and teambuilding activities
  • Be highly visible to students & teachers each day, facilitating rigorous academic standards
  • Create fiscally responsible budget built for student/school needs

Academic Goals

  • Foster a culture that promotes motivated learners and curious minds
  • Promote the beliefs, missions and visions of Pioneer High School and District
  • Read, analyze, & share valuable information, listening to insight from staff
  • Implement practices that support school wide learning
  • Collaborative interventions to reduce the dropout rate and increase graduation


  • Contribute to the building/district technology plan & advance infusion of meaningful technology to support existing instructional practices
  • Model proficiency in the use of available resources

Personal Goals

  • Connect with students, parents, & staff demonstrating integrity, honesty, and commitment
  • Support a strong working relationship with the PFA, building on trust & open lines of communication
  • Be present before & after school, during the school day & at community events
  • Forge dynamic communication with all in-house administrators
  • Become conversant with local agencies that could assist our students, supporting P.B.I.S.
  • Employ strategies to create balance in my personal & professional life
  • Personify a high level of personal energy in the professional learning community
  • Exude high expectations for myself
  • Employ and use a leadership team or principal’s advisory council