Mark Weichel, EdD, is assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for Omaha Westside Community Schools. Previously, he served as director of secondary curriculum, high school building administrator, and junior high school social studies teacher for Papillion-La Vista Public Schools in Nebraska. Dr. Weichel played a vital leadership role at Papillion-La Vista as staff worked to develop and implement Professional Learning Communities at Work™ strategies. Their efforts brought tremendous results. Failure rates plummeted while standardized testing measures such as ACT, PLAN, and state writing assessments confirmed high levels of student learning. His experience, energy, and sense of humor make every presentation Dr. Weichel delivers informative, interactive, and entertaining.
Dr. Weichel and leadership team members at Papillion-La Vista South High School have received national recognition for the school’s success. They have presented at numerous conferences nationwide, and their work has been featured in Principal Leadership magazine and cited in the book Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work™: New Insights for Improving Schools. Dr. Weichel and his team also received an award for innovation in education from the American Association of Retired Persons, and Papillion-La Vista is featured on allthingsplc.info as evidence of effectiveness for the PLC at Work™ process.
Dr. Weichel has been a school administrator in the Omaha metropolitan area since 1999. He began his career in education at Papillion Junior High School as a social studies teacher in 1996. Three years later, he began a six-year tenure as school principal in a neighboring district. After receiving his doctorate degree in educational administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Dr. Weichel returned to the Papillion-La Vista district and joined the staff of Papillion-La Vista South and later the district office as a director. He also holds adjunct teaching positions in graduate schools at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Peru State College.