Marty Park started his professional educational journey as a primary classroom teacher, teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. After completing his Master’s of Education with an Instructional Technology focus, he was hired as the Chief Information Officer and District Technology Coordinator for one of the 25 largest school districts in Kentucky. After six years of managing a staff of technical and instruction technology specialists, leading many district-wide initiatives, and working collaboratively on the district level administrative leadership team, Marty moved on to the Kentucky Department of Education (2008-present). In his current role as the Chief Digital Officer, he focuses on strategic implementations and experience design of new and emerging technologies for learning, while also working on and leading special projects statewide. Marty also consults on federal and state programs, while also working with many leadership and instructional vision topics.
Marty’s life and work as an Education Technology leader has been featured in many periodicals and publications including ISTE’s Learning and Leading, District Administration, Kentucky Teacher, and more. Marty’s inability to not self-promote has led him to an opportunity to co-host the wildly popular video podcast, EdTech Sandwich and blog at KyEdTech.com.
Marty’s other interests include: completing his doctoral work at the University of Kentucky in Instructional Systems Design (2008-present), being an adjunct professor at Georgetown College in the Graduate Education Department (2003 – present), serving as an Innovation Fellow for the Digital Learning Design Lab, and being an assistant football coach at Georgetown College (2000-present). Marty cites that his most important and rewarding gift is being a husband and father. When not at work, Marty can be found playing anything from dress-up to “big time wrastling” with his two beautiful girls, Neilsen & Tye, and his two rowdy sons, Asa & Forrest, or figuring out new ways to make his wife, Leah, swoon. The Park clan currently resides in Lexington, KY.