Board of Trustees

The board of trustees is the primary governing body of Tesseract School, and is comprised of community members and the head of school, who serves as an ex-officio member of the board.

The Board of Trustees exercises general oversight of the management of the business and property of the School.
According to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), election to the board of trustees carries with it a responsibility of stewardship. By definition, trustees are the custodians of the school: They hold “in trust” the mission and the school’s reputation. Current trustees accept the obligation to not only preserve, but to also add to the enterprise. In purview, trustees, even those who currently have children in the school, have responsibility to create “their children’s children’s school.” The work of trustees begins with fiduciary expectations of duty (due diligence on financials), care (executing decision by the standard of a “prudent” person), and obedience (to laws and bylaws). Beyond these duties, the work of trustees focuses exclusively on policies and strategies that are future-focused, and not on daily operations, which are delegated to the head of school. Trustees are called upon to contribute their time, thought, and energy, as well as financial resources, to support the viability and growth of the school.


Jack Padovano, Chair
Tesseract Parent
President, Direct Response Group

Randy McGrane, Vice Chair
Tesseract Parent
Managing Director, Ensemble Investments

Dyan Haugen Ph.D, Treasurer
Non-Profit Organization Management Professional

Robert Engelman, Secretary
Tesseract Former Parent
EIC, Inc. MRE, Inc.

Irene Marquez- Biggs, M.D.
Tesseract Parent

Scott Cleinman
Tesseract Parent
Senior Vice President, Alliant Insurance Services, LLC.

Michael Grossman
Tesseract Parent
President, Fifty Plus One

Kim Hochschuler, Immediate Past Chair
Tesseract Parent

Mitzi Montoya, PhD
Vice President and University Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Arizona State University

Ketan Patel
Tesseract Parent
Founder CEO, Eccretive

Mark Bistricky, Ex-Officio Member
Tesseract Head of School

Access Fronter Secure Trustee Documents here.

Recent News

  • Crocodilian Study is Back!
    Experiential learning and real-life experience are a big part of what Tesseract offers our students.  So we are pleased to announce that we have renewed our partnership with the Phoenix Herpetological Society.  6th-8th Grade students will have the opportunity to participate in an authentic scientific study.  Some of the activities will include: observing reptiles and […]
  • Tesseract 5th and 6th graders run the town for a day!
    Tesseract 5th and 6th graders participated in BizTown, a chance to learn real world money saving skills through experiential learning. BizTown is a hands-on educational simulation that contains a mini town, including public and private businesses. When students arrived to BizTown, they were put straight to work. They participated in job interviews, learned about their […]
  • 3rd Graders work on their first class newspaper!
    Tesseract 3rd Graders are finishing research on a rock of their choice. Now, they will begin to type an informative article to be published in their first class newspaper!
  • Teddy Bear Picnic at Tesseract
    Kindergarten shared a very special morning with parents and special guests, including their fourth grade buddies, at the Teddy Bear Picnic! What a wonderful culminating activity!!!
  • 2nd Grade goes to the Heard Museum!
    Tesseract’s 2nd Grade took a field trip to the Heard Museum on Monday, Oct. 6.

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