Who is Mr. Mark?
Greetings! My name is Mr. Mark and I will be the EXPLORE teacher for grades 4-8 this school year. My family moved many times when I was younger, but we spent a significant amount of time in the Poconos, so I consider that my hometown.
I graduated from Kutztown University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Music Performance. I then continued my education and received my Masters degree in Instructional Technology from Wilkes University.
Immediately after graduating from college I was hired by the Reading School District where I have taught both 4th and 5th grade for the past 9 years. I have also actively pursued my music degree. I studied 6 mallet marimba, which allowed me to perform the World Premier of “Concerto Mexicano” for orchestra and solo marimba, I’ve also performed in the International Percussion Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Patagonia International Percussion Festival in Argentina.
For the past several years, I’ve been a percussion instructor for various high schools in North and South East Pennsylvania. I most recently was the Director of Percussion for Hempfield High School in Lancaster County. In 2015 I lead the group to a Tournament Indoor Association Atlantic Coast Championship and in 2016 I took the group to WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. The ensemble was a sem-finalist and ranked 26th in the World for Scholastic A Percussion. Currently I am a part of the instructional team for Lancaster Bible College’s Total Percussion Seminar, and I’m the Associate Director/Arranger/Producer for Mark Family Entertainment, LLC.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a loving wife who is a learning support teacher in the East Penn School District and a 3 year old son named Hunter.
I look froward to a great year and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.