About Me

Mark Walser: 8th Grade Science, Mathematics (Pre-Algebra, Algebra) 

Mark Walser is a Chicago native who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas.  As an undergraduate his travels in Southeast Asia shaped his participation in the University of Texas system's prestigious Archer Fellowship, where he spent a semester living in the District of Columbia while interning for Amnesty International as an East Asian human rights specialist.  Mark completed an undergraduate degree in historical studies but frequently draws upon extensive studies in the fields of mathematics, physical science, music, political science, and literature. 

His summers are spent traveling and spending time with family and friends in near Traverse City, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois.  For the past five years Mark has spent a portion of his summer working at either the University of California at Santa Cruz or Cornell University as a program coordinator for the Awesome Math Summer Program, which trains gifted young mathematicians from around the world for national and international competitions.  Prior to accepting a position at Mountain Middle School he taught history, physical science, mathematics and language theory at Northeast Academy Charter School in Denver, Colorado.  

His extensive travels have led him to over a dozen different nations throughout Europe, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and South & Central America.  He is the founder Wayward Wheels, a small adventure travel startup focused on trip planning and guided excursions.  The company aims to help independent travelers create travel networks in the United States and abroad. As a semi-professional violinist, he has performed and recorded with musicians in Illinois, Colorado, California, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, and New York.  

Mark loves the outdoors and frequently camps and backpacks in many of our nation's National Parks.  He enjoys documenting trips with videos and photographs and has spent time editing and assembling short films highlighting domestic and international adventures.  Mark enjoys athletic activities and previously spent a spring coaching Northeast Academy's middle school soccer team.  His primary responsibility as a member of the Mountain Middle School faculty is to design and implement the eighth grade science, pre-algebra & algebra curriculums, but he also leads eight week student interest groups that include photography, video editing, astronomy, film, the history of the 1960's, chamber orchestra, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, football, capture the flag and hiking.

Credentials:

Bachelor of Arts – Historical Studies (University of Texas, Magna Cum Laude)
Highly Qualified Status - Mathematics, Science, Social Studies & English/Language Arts & Reading
PACE Member - Professional Association of Colorado Educators
National Science Teachers Association (Former Member)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Member (Former Member)
Program Coordinator - Awesome Math Summer Program (University of California at Santa Cruz & Cornell University) 
Archer Fellowship - Washington D.C.

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