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Mark was born in 1950 in Minnesota. He belonged to a middle-class family. His father worked as an associate in the local department of post while mother was a home maker.

Though there were plenty of reasons for Mark to become a well-loved figure, the true inspiration for him was always his family. He has seen times when his parents struggled to make the ends meet, so he never wanted to experience the same situation in life ever after. Moreover, his parents kept on motivating him and guiding him throughout his childhood towards the right path.


Since Mark was keen of learning and always wanted to share whatever he learned, he decided to enroll with Capella University to pursue a degree in education. He completed both, Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education with a very good score from Campbell.

He was amongst the intelligent students of the college who participated in each and every event that was organized in the college. He even won a lot of prizes for his active participation.


Soon after pursuing the Master Degree, Mark landed a job in Woodbury Senior High School. He worked there for 4 years and taught History and Geography to the students. He was one of the favorite teachers of the students as he had a very different personality.

He was never like other teachers; he was very friendly and used to maintain a cool environment in the class. Unlike common teaching methodologies, he followed a unique style where he explained everything by narrating a story. 


Since destiny had more interesting in store for Mark, he was soon appointed as High School Principal in Morristown Public School in 1980. Besides talent, the out-of-the-box thoughts that Mark had about education, also helped him grab this great position in the school. As a principal he managed day to day operations of the school quite well.

After 2 years of service; i.e in 1982, he moved to Dodge Center Public School and served as the Principal for the next 3 years.