The success of public education depends upon the community. The diversity of our community, along with our standards of excellence, have helped Omaha Public Schools become a model for urban education.
Marque is an alumnus of the University of South Dakota and was raised by his mother and step-dad, both 28-year veterans of the US Army. While growing up, Marque’s parents instilled in him Duty, Respect, and Selfless Service. After college, he began working with disadvantaged youth at the South Omaha YMCA and became the Youth Program Director, from 2012-2017.
Marque was elected to the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Board of Education in 2013 and was re-elected in 2014. Since joining the board, Marque has served on various committees, including the Learning Community of Douglas & Sarpy Counties, the South YMCA Board of Directors, and the Omaha Public Schools Foundation board of trustees—which provides scholarships and grants to students and teachers in Omaha Public Schools.
Marque has dedicated most of his career at OPS to making sure disadvantaged children are held to high standards of achievement and are empowered with the support needed to make them successful. He understands that teachers are crucial to the success of OPS students and continues to fight to provide local schools the autonomy they need to better serve their students. He also continues to advocate for increased involvement by teachers in administrative decisions affecting classroom instruction so that they have the freedom they need to provide students the highest quality of education possible.
Marque has helped create safe and enriching environments for students by working to pass the $421 million bond, supported by the voters 2-1 in 2014, promoting after-school enrichment as a mentor, and removing barriers that prevent student learning and parental involvement. Marque continually visits the 20+ schools in his sub-district to meet with teachers, students, and administrators regarding their challenges and successes because he believes We Work Best When We Work Together!