Mr. Mark C. Santa-Donato is a graduate of the Harrison High School Class of 1970 where he received a Regents Diploma in Mathematics. He is a graduate of Alfred University receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1974. He earned his Masters Degree in Business and Occupational Education from Albany State University in 1975. Mr. Santa-Donato also received Permanent NYS Teaching Certification in Physical Education while studying at The University of South Florida in Tampa.
Mr. Santa-Donato began his teaching career in 1976 substituting in the White Plains School District. He was hired as a Business Teacher at White Plains Middle School in 1978 and has been teaching there ever since. He became one of the first Business Teachers in the White Plains School District to teach using Computer Technology in 1984 and is today teaching Computer Applications For School & Life 7 at Highlands Middle School. He was also the Computer Operations Specialist for the White Plains High School Summer School Program from 1986-1998.
In addition to teaching Mr. Santa-Donato has been coaching high school football since 1975. Mr. Santa-Donato graduated from Harrison High School earning eight Varsity Letters in Football, Baseball, and Gymnastics. He was a member of League Championship Football Teams in 1968 and 1969. He played four years of Football for Alfred University, and was a member of three League Championship teams and the Lambert Bowl winners of 1971 signifying the Number One Division III Football Team in the East. Following his college-playing career he had a brief stint as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Albany State University in 1974. He was an Assistant Football Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Harrison High School from 1975 to 1985. He then moved on to coordinate the defense at Valhalla High School in 1986 and 1987. He became the Defensive Coordinator for the White Plains High School Varsity Football Team in 1988. He was named Head Football Coach in 1992, and continued in that capacity until stepping down as Head Coach in 2005 to return to being a Varsity Assistant at White Plains where he now coaches the offensive and defensive backs, the punt and punt return teams, manages the White Plains Football computerized data base and Web Page and continues working in the college recruiting process for our players. He was honored as Section I Football Coach-Of-The-Year in 1995, League AA-South Coach-Of-The-Year in 1993 & 1995 and League B-South Co-Coach-Of-The-Year in 1984. Mr. Santa-Donato has also coached the WPMS Women’s Basketball Team (1979-1992) and the WPMS Women’s Softball Team (1982-1994). He coached the JV Women’s Softball Team at Harrison HS from 1979-1981. He is currently in his 14th year as Assistant Track Coach at White Plains Middle School.
Mr. Santa-Donato is a former member of the Technology Committee and was a Computer Resource Teacher (CRT) at White Plains Middle School from 1984-1999. He was instrumental in the planning, design and building of his current state-of-the-art computer classroom and has continually developed new curriculum throughout the years to link with standards set by the NYS Education Department. He continues to enhance and improve his teaching by taking additional computer/technology courses. Mr. Santa-Donato is featured in the 6th, 7th & 9th Editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. He was honored by the White Plains Public Schools on June 9, 2003 for his more than 25 years of service to the school district.
Mr. Santa-Donato has been married to his wife, Leanne, since 1983. Leanne is currently in her 10th year as a Teaching Assistant at George Washington Elementary School where she also coordinates the GW Cheerleading Club. Their three daughters, Marlee’ (20), Christa (18), and Brianne (16) all attend or have attended the White Plains Public Schools and are all Honor Roll Students. Marlee’, a member of the White Plains High School Class of 2005 and a former member of the Varsity Volleyball and Lacrosse Teams is in her Junior year at Pace University and is enrolled in Pace’s Honor's Program. Marlee’ is majoring in Elementary/Special Education. Christa, a member of the White Plains High School Class of 2007 and a former member of the Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse Teams is in her Freshman year at Syracuse University. Christa is currently majoring in Arts & Sciences. Brianne is Captain of the Varsity Volleyball Team & was a member of the JV Softball Team last year.