After graduating from UW-Platteville with a Bachelor Degree in English and history, Mark McQuade began his career in education teaching English and history at Pardeeville High School, near Madison, WI. Following four years at Pardeeville, he accepted a job at Appleton West, where he continued to teach English and history for the next eleven years.  In addition to teaching, Mr. McQuade also coached wrestling, football, track and baseball prior to becoming an associate principal at West, in charge of activities, athletics, and eventually the English department.   

After six years as an associate at West, Mr. McQuade became principal at Wilson where he served for three years before returning to West. Prior to completing his Doctor of Education at Edgewood College, he earned Master Degrees in both Educational Technology and Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.  He has three children, all graduates of Appleton West High School, and his wife, Cheryl, is a paraprofessional at Dunlap Elementary.