Mark Beck and his wife Kellie have been married for 15 years. The couple has four children, two attend Galt High School and the other two attend Galt elementary schools. He has lived in the Galt area since 1977.
Beck attended Oak View Elementary School and graduated from Galt High School with the Class of 1992. After high school, Beck attended Modesto Junior College before transferring to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He graduated from Cal Poly in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural science.
Beck pursued a career in teaching first at Atwater High School where he taught math and agriculture for two years. In 1999, he was hired at Galt High School where he first taught special education, serving as the chair of the special education department for the 2000-01 school year. He then went on to teach agriculture until his retirement in 2007.
Beck is currently self-employed. He owns and operates Mark Beck Livestock, located in Acampo.
Beck won a seat on the Galt Joint Union High School Board in 2010 and was reelected in 2014. He stepped down from his position in 2016 to allow for an advancement opportunity for his wife, who works for the district.
Beck feels that his experience as an educator, former high school district board member and business owner, have given him a skill set that qualifies him to serve on the board. As a parent with students in the district, Beck believes his knowledge and understanding of the district and community will make him a productive board member.
“I have a passion for education,” Beck said. “My goal is to help the high school district provide an education that will allow students to be a success in their chosen area of interest, understanding fully that every student is different, while providing a variety of programs to fit their needs.”
Beck recognizes the need for a cohesive board that is dedicated to promoting education, while making wise fiscal decisions.
“My vision for the district is to create a stable governing body at the district level, including a board that clearly understands its role in promoting education within the district,” Beck said. “I believe that the fiscal challenges of completing the bond requirements will be a hurdle that will need to be embraced by the district and aggressively pursued to ensure we meet the goals and expectations of the community.”