Mark hails from Chicago, currently lives in Milwaukee, and has also lived in Baltimore, and overseas. Mark has his Master of Arts in Teaching from UMBC and undergraduate degrees Chemical and Environmental Engineering from IIT. He fell in love with the teaching vocation while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in a small rural village in Ghana, West Africa. Before joining the Peace Corps Mark was a civil and environmental engineer with the City of Chicago. Mark is a passionate educator with several years of experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. His goal is to develop students’ passions for science, engineering, and technology to cultivate the next generation of innovative scientists and engineers. When Mark is not teaching or coordinating teachers, he runs marathons, kayaks, tinkers with home improvement, and raises his two young sons to be nerdy adventurers.