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

Lars Harrington
Tesseract Parent
President & Founder, Mercury Trading

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

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Recent News

  • Tesseract partners with Phoenix Herpetological Society
    On January 16, Tesseract 4th grade students hosted a reptile fair, a product of a two-month study with the Phoenix Herpetological Society. During the study, students become the experts and create visual aids for their reptile exhibits. Students were asked to creatively design displays that would attract and educate their audience. Fourth grade students are […]
  • Tesseract Upper school students will perform in drama: Sylvia
    Upper School students will put on their annual play on March 6, 7 and 8 performing Sylvia. Sylvia, written by A.R. Gurney, tells the story of empty nesters Greg and Kate, who recently moved back into Manhattan from the suburbs. Greg takes in Sylvia, a street-smart pooch that quickly becomes a bone of contention in […]
  • Tesseract receives grant benefitting arts program
    Tesseract School recently was awarded a $1,125 grant from Arizona Commission for the Arts for teaching and learning opportunities in their arts program. “We’re thrilled that Tesseract School is recognized because of our arts program. Our school, students and community will greatly benefit from the awarding of this grant,” said Mark Bistricky, Tesseract head of […]
  • Meet us at our Open House: Jan. 27 and 29
    It’s only December, but parents are starting to think about next year’s school options for their children. Tesseract School offers two Open House presentations—one on January 27 and another on January 29. Tesseract’s Open House is more than a walk-through with handouts, but rather a formal presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity for […]
  • Students recognized for academic excellence
    Their excellence in and out of the classroom has translated to a spot on one of the nation’s premier student organizations. Eleven Tesseract Middle School students took part in the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) induction ceremony held Thursday in the Shea campus courtyard. The NJHS is a national organization established to recognize outstanding middle […]

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