Millbrook High School
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mark Hartman always knew he wanted to teach. During his undergraduate years at Case Western Reserve University, he was a physics tutor. As a graduate student in astronomy at Harvard University, Mark participated in NSF’s Graduate Students in K-12 Science Education program (GK-12), where he worked with students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin Public High School for three years. Mark also worked as a content advisor on a video/ web based professional development program for K-6 teachers in physical science.
Through these experiences, Mark was easily able to make the jump to full-time science education. He taught at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, where he worked with urban teens in after-school programs that teach them how to reinterpret scientific ideas using creative arts and how to apply their science knowledge to real situations in x-ray astronomy. “Working with urban students who have a perspective on the world that is so different from my own causes me to be that much more aware of and question my own perspective in teaching.”
Mark holds a BS in physics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and a masters degree in astronomy from Harvard University. He is teaching 10th grade physics at the Codman Academy Charter Public School, an expeditionary learning school.