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Dr. Gary Plano  



Kendall Taylor

Executive Assistant


Craig Degginger
Communications and Alumni Relations Coordinator

Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano

Supt. Dr. Gary Plano Dr. Gary Plano currently serves as the Superintendent of the Mercer Island School District, a position he has held since being appointed by the Mercer Island School Board in September of 2007. He spent his first 20 years in public education in Washington state with the Mukilteo School District beginning in 1980, initially teaching elementary education with special-needs students, and then high school English from 1983 until 1997. He took an administrative assignment with the Mukilteo School District as Director of Curriculum from 1997-2000.

Dr. Plano worked with the Kent School District from 2000-2005 where he served as Executive Director for School Improvement and Executive Director for Instructional Services. In those capacities, he supervised the directors and coordinators in the division of instructional services, and later he supervised principals in seven elementary schools in that district.

Dr. Plano earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from Seton Hall University, earned a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and earned a B.A. in English education from C.W. Post College of Long Island University. He spent his childhood years in Connecticut. He presently lives on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle.