Heroes Marc Markell
Considered a great benefit granted to college professors, the sabbatical is a rare occasion when a professor's work can become his life - no teaching, no meetings. Our hero Marc Markell is using his sabbatical as an opportunity to reach out to others, which includes spending Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Tatanka Academy tutoring students.
Mark is a professor at St. Cloud University in the Department of Special Education. He's temporarily switched from teaching college students to teaching our second- and third-graders on decoding, comprehension, math computation - adding, subtracting, multiplication, division - and many other subjects, depending on what the students need.
"The primary reason I tutor is because I love working with children on academics and social skills. I also learn so much by tutoring that I am a better teacher educator," said Mark.
Mark said tutoring children is rewarding and exciting. "I have seen several students figure out decoding words or adding with carrying. It's so fun to see the 'light bulb' go off!"
Mark lives in south Minneapolis and he and his partner are busy parents to a ten-year-old son. Mark is also a certified Thanatologist (the study of death, dying and grief) and a certified professional developer for Kansas Learning Strategies so he also spends time educating teachers. Our thanks to Mark for his consistent work at Tatanka Academy as a tutor.