People We Love: Mark Demick
Inspiring Malibu's Students
Although Mark Demick has only been at Point Dume Elementary School for four years, the fun but focused principal has already made a lasting impact on the students, the school, and the Malibu community. Drawn to Malibu to be closer to his daughter, the father of two now works in one of the most esteemed school districts around, though that wasn’t always the case. With over 30 years of experience, Demick spent much of his career turning around low-performing schools in Washington State. His passion and drive comes from growing up with two parents who were also educators. “I like the family part of it,” he said. “My mom and dad were there at 3 o’clock when I got home because they were teachers.” Demick says his move to Malibu has exceeded expectations. From driving his golf cart to school to mountain biking, paddle boarding, learning to surf and Malibu’s strong community connection, Demick couldn’t be happier with his new home. “The Malibu community means, to me, support,” he said. “If I go to a play, baseball, soccer, the community is there to support the kids.” At Point Dume Elementary School, Demick plans on continuing to inspire each and every one of his students. “I’m most passionate about the students feeling important, included, that they’re capable of anything,” he said.
MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Mark Demick not only for his role in educating Malibu’s youth, but for his work in creating a safe, fun and inspiring learning environment and making sure no student gets left behind. MM