Mark Larson is a graduate of Trinity University three times, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (1997), a Master of Arts in Teaching (1998), and a Master of Education in School Administration (2002). In his first five years as an educator, Mark Larson taught math and science at the International School of the Americas (Lee High School).
In 2002, Mr. Larson was awarded a competitive Fisher Fellowship for aspiring school leaders as part of the year-long KIPP School Leadership Institute. As a KIPP Fisher Fellow, Mark studied at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and trained under principals at high-performing middle schools around the country. Mr. Larson spent a year designing and creating an innovative public middle school in San Antonio, and in 2003, KIPP Aspire Academy opened its doors.
Mr. Larson has been a vocal spokesperson for educational reform across the city and state, and he has helped broaden the base of community supporters who want to change the landscape of inner-city education. In 2009, Mr. Larson became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KIPP San Antonio.
Mark was a member of Leadership San Antonio 31 and was named a “Forty under 40” leader in 2005 by the San Antonio Business Journal. He has been recognized by State Representative Mike Villarreal as an “Innovator in Education,” the “2008 Outstanding Young San Antonian” by the Downtown Rotary Club of San Antonio, and the “2009-2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus” by Trinity University.