Meet the New Director of Technology, Mark Davies

1.) What will be your role here with Gill?
a. “My job is to help the school make good choices with technology to advance our core values. Sometimes this means collaborating with faculty and students to create an agile, creative, innovative educational environment. Sometimes it just means spending our dollars wisely to make sure the essential systems are running smoothly.”

2.) Tell us a little about yourself! What did you do before Gill?
a. “I am originally from the Philadelphia area. I attended Temple University where I earned a degree in communications. I originally worked in television and radio broadcasting. I was on-air, then served as management, then went back to on-air. It was a great experience. When my daughter was in third grade, however, I wanted to make a career change, and I started working as an assistant teacher at the school she was attending. I eventually got my Masters in Education from Arcadia University and then served as a third-grade teacher and Lower School Technology Coordinator at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philly. After that, I worked at the Hun School in Princeton for seven years where I was the Associate Director of Technology.”

3.) What made you want to change careers?
a. “Broadcasting can be a tough business and it was just time for me to explore something different. It has been a great decision ever since, and I am especially fortunate to have been working in independent schools. I truly enjoy how independent schools have smaller, closer communities. This makes it a lot easier to have access to people and get to know everyone within the school.”

4.) Why do you like working in a school setting?
a. “I enjoyed being a third grader, so I really enjoyed teaching third grade and getting into the school setting; it has just grown from there. I believe I have a keen understanding of being on both sides, whether its parent to institution or teacher to student, so I have an appreciation for how much emphasis relationships are placed in this environment and how much it can mean to people.”

5.) What made this job at Gill appealing to you?
a. “I like the size of Gill and I love the surrounding area. It was really a great opportunity for me and my career. Gill is also such an interesting place because it did not chase the “trendy” technology crazes six or eight years ago, so now there is the opportunity to do more with technology and use it to enhance students’ experiences while here.”

6.) What have you enjoyed about Gill so far?
a. “I really appreciate the value that Gill places on the concept of balance. That is a very important outlook to have. It has also been great to finally be here and get to meet my department and other colleagues in the school.”

7.) Are there any new projects or initiatives you would like to implement while being head of technology here at Gill?
a. “I want to listen to what people have to say and learn about their experiences with the technology department in the past, what has worked for them and any new ambitions or ideas they might have. I just want to take it from there and see how we can serve the school’s community the best we can.”
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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.