Born to a Jewish family in Wisconsin in 1968, Mark’s passion for working with children began when he was still a child, performing as a magician at birthday parties, teaching magic and performing arts at a local youth center, and eventually working with the Special Olympics in elementary and middle school.
Mark moved to New York City in 1987, studied for two years at The Jewish Theological Seminary, and went on to graduate from Columbia University in 1991 with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy. After demonstrating a distinct lack of aptitude for waitering and bartending, Mark went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the Bank Street School of Education in 1999.
Mark’s teaching career in New York included public and private settings with children from preschool to eighth grade, and work as a private educational consultant to schools and families. Since moving to Vermont in 2009, Mark has worked as a lead teacher and Academic Interventionist in public and private schools around the state. Mark holds a Level II Vermont Teaching License.
Mark is also an accomplished performer and performing arts instructor, and a Vermont Council on the Arts Teaching Artist. Since 2015 Mark has been a teaching artist with The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, doing arts integration related to Student Matinees at The Flynn, and professional development workshops with teachers around the state. Mark was an improv comedian with the Vermont Comedy Club, and continues to perform as a storyteller at events around Vermont.
Mark lives in Burlington with his wife Hyon Joo Yoo, a film studies professor at UVM. When he isn’t working, Mark enjoys spending time in the woods, and making props, toys, masks and magic tricks in his workshop at home. Mark is absolutely thrilled to join the team at BJAMS!