Mark's Open Road


    TEACH Roadtrip


Neuroscience Lab Director
Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology

“Fear of the unknown is innate to humans; it's never going to go away. But you just have to kind of accept it and take that jump off the cliff.”


Education Science


Acceptance Courage Experience Risk Exploration Transitions Choices Passion Values Goals Education Pride


Teaching / Mentoring


  • He was a math and physics double major and he was ready to enter the research field and become a professor.
  • One day, his advisor showed him an article that said that each American state only gains one new degreed physics teacher each year.
  • He decided, "Okay, I should devote some of my life to teaching these kids."
  • Before that, he and his wife decided that they wanted to go explore Europe, and he got a job teaching in Austria.
  • That job gave him some time to learn the craft of teaching and mature as a person and as a teacher.
  • Afterwards, he returned to the U.S. to fulfill his goal of teaching physics; now runs a lab at one of the best public high schools in the country.
  • He always had his teaching goals in the back of his mind, but he never let those prevent him from pursuing big opportunities, like going to Europe.
  • He loves his work because the human brain contains so much mystery, and it's amazing to pass along that sense of wonder to his students.

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