B.A. in English, University of Notre Dame; M.A. Teaching of English, Teachers College, Columbia University. Mark began his teaching career in a Kindergarten classroom through a College Practicum at the Early Childhood Development Center in South Bend, Indiana. Currently, Mark teaches English Language Arts and AP Literature & Composition at the Academy of American Studies in Long Island City, Queens. Working in conjunction with the highly supportive Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Center for Arts Education (CAE), and enthusiastic colleagues, he developed an interdisciplinary curriculum that allows students to find their personal voice through written and visual self-portraiture. During the 2008-2009 school year, Mark facilitated the construction of a 5-level ELA Curriculum Map – the first curriculum map designed at his school. Mark serves his school in number of capacities: Model United Nations Club Advisor, Athletic Director, Data Inquiry Team Facilitator, and Saturday Academy Instructor.