Since taking over as the Superintendent of Lake Orion Community Schools in 2010, Marion Ginopolis has transformed the culture and prestige of the district, making it one of the premier destinations in Oakland County.
The district now graduates 96% of its students, ranks third in Oakland County in M-Step reading results and sends 82% of its students to college.
During her extensive career in public education, Marion has been a classroom teacher, staff development trainer, principal, human resources director, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and superintendent in two school districts. She has taught graduate-level leadership courses at Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University.
Marion also consulted in the area of virtual education. She taught an online high school course and subsequently wrote and developed an online professional development course for administrators.
She has been a Master Online Instructor and developed the first online instructor course in Michigan. She has served on numerous local, state and national committees focusing on curriculum and professional development for educators, participated in the development of a leadership curriculum for Intel and was a Senior Facilitator in the Intel Teach to the Future Leadership Forum Program.
From 2001-05, Marion provided the leadership as the Director of the Michigan Gates Project “LEADing the Future,” which was a part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation State Challenge Grants for Leadership Development. It provided every principal and superintendent in public and private schools access to quality leadership development, focused on systems change and technology integration.
From 2005-10, Marion provided the leadership for the MI-LIFE Program (Michigan Leadership Improvement Framework Endorsement). The professional learning program for Michigan educational administrators was developed as a result of a grant from Microsoft Partners in Learning to the Michigan Department of Education. In addition, Marion was a national trainer for Microsoft Partners in Learning School Leadership Building 21st Century Skills Curriculum.