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Mark Buckley, High School History Teacher

Staff Spotlight: Marnina Cowan

Mark Buckley, High School History Teacher, is in his 16th year at CESJDS. Prior to teaching, he worked for the Close Up Foundation, a non-profit that works with high school students who come to Washington, DC for learning opportunities. He holds a B.A. in History from Skidmore College and a M.A. in Early American History from the University of Maryland.

Mark enjoys having a job that is constantly challenging and is not stagnant, the professional collaboration, and the privilege to see the expertise of each individual teacher. He actually worked with fellow veteran History teacher Natalie Levitan at Close Up, with whom he reunited when he began his tenure at the School. Mark thrives on the interactions that he has with students. "It's an incredible moment when you see them have a breakthrough."

This is Mark's 4th year as chair of the Upper School History department. "This position is unique and eye opening as I have to balance everyone's viewpoints and learn the personalities and working styles of each department member," he says. "I feel fortunate to work with a such knowledgeable and professional department that challenges me to be better every day."

In his free time, he enjoys concerts and live music, playing the mandolin, hiking, camping, and cheering on the Boston Red Sox.

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