Mark Robertson is an alum of Concordia University, Portland. During his time as an undergraduate he was a pitcher on the CU Men's Baseball team. It was during that time that his love of biology, chemistry, and theology were first realized.
Immediately following his undergraduate graduation, Mark pursued his Master of Art in Teaching at Concordia. Upon completion, Mark taught in the Oregon School system at Stoller Middle School for three years teaching 6th and 8th grade science. While at Stoller , Mark was a co-department chair and served on the School leadership council (SLC). He was also the track and cross-country coach for the school. When Mark was not coaching, he worked part time as an athletic trainer for students ages six and up.
Mark continued to serve the Beaverton School District teaching at Aloha High School. At Aloha High School he taught 9th through 12th grade in subjects ranging from Chemistry, Ecology, Biology, and Earth science. During his time there Mark also taught in a small learning community run by a grant to educate students who had high attendance and a low GPA. He was also a Baseball coach for the school in the spring months.
For the last nine years Mark has spent his summers teaching at the Oregon Zoo in the Zoo Teen program. In the summer, Mark supervises roughly 400 high school teens and acts a liaison between teens, staff, and keepers.
Mark is currently full time faculty at Concordia University who teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate education programs. Primarily, his expertise lies in Math and Science, Assessment, and teaching strategies. Mark's passion for assessment leads him to spending any free time measuring learning gains of students for the College of Education.
His interests include, curriculum development, assessment in the classroom and at the policy level, instructional strategies, physiology, and ecology. Mark spends most of his free time playing baseball, writing fiction, and tutoring high school students in core subjects. Occasionally he still enjoys a good game of chess. This fall Mark will begin a doctorate program at the University of Oregon, Portland campus.