Mark Black '98
Major: Elementary Education
Job Title: Executive Director
Hometown: Alliance, Ohio
Job Title: Executive Director, Secondary Education
Employer: Akron Public Schools
I support and lead 19 secondary schools (nine middle schools and 10 high schools) in their endeavors to create career and college readiness opportunities for students, build staff capacity and increase rigor in the curriculum in order to close the learning gap and provide opportunities for all students to be career and college ready upon graduation from high school.
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Why Mount Union
Mount Union provided a small teacher student ratio and personalized their instruction to meet the needs of their students.
Opportunities for Everyone
Unlike other colleges, Mount Union provides opportunities for students of different cultural backgrounds, ethnicity and economic status to collaborate in the learning process.
I had three professors that I favored equally because of their patience, guidance and understanding of my situation of being a single parent, student and athlete during my time at Mount Union. They were Dr. Linda Burkey, Dr. Tom Gannon and Dr. Jack DeSario.
Beating all odds and graduating from college and being a part of two National Championship football teams.
Sixth grade Science Teacher in Massillon City Schools.
While at Mount Union, I was involved with the Black Student Union, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the mentoring program and athletics.
I returned to school and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Mount Union and a principal licensure certificate from Ashland University.
My Mount Union education provided me with a foundation of readiness to be an effective teacher and leader.
I return to campus to speak with aspiring teachers and athletes and bring students on college exploration visits.
My main goal is to continue to have an impact on reshaping the educational system and to continue being a positive role model for students, but especially young black males.
My Mount Union education has provided me with an upward pathway within education.
My job provides for me an opportunity to impact education in a holistic manner.
I return to campus to speak with aspiring teachers and athletes and bring students on college exploration visits. My main goal is to continue to have an impact on reshaping the educational system and to continue being a positive role model for students, but especially young black males.
- What is your biggest pet peeve?
- Being behind a person in the right hand turn lane and they don’t turn.
- In a meeting with your peers is your phone on the table, in your pocket or purse, left at your desk or in your car?
- On the table or in my pocket.
- What is your favorite movie?
- Shawshank Redemption.
- What is your favorite kind of sandwich?
- Turkey, Swiss cheese, banana peppers and a splash of mustard on wheat bread toasted.
- Do you dance in the car?
- All the time and I sing, too.