During his five-year hiatus from FCPS he created and founded the Young Men’s Leadership Academy for the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District. The academy provided young men a curriculum that addressed their academic, career and social/emotional needs. As Director he recruited and trained community members to become mentors for the students.
After leaving the state of Missouri he returned to his hometown of Washington, DC to take on the challenge of working for DCPS. While working for DCPS he earned the status Highly Effective Educator during the 2010 - 2011 and 2011 – 2012 school years respectively. During his tenure in DCPS he focused on college readiness access for all students. He also assisted with the revamping of the Advisory program that allowed for the delivery of the School Counseling Core Curriculum.
During high school Mark earned All City football honors as a defensive lineman. Mark financed his undergraduate education by earning a football scholarship from North Carolina A&T State University. He received his B.S. in Communications and upon graduation worked in the area of television production.
He has a passion for working with young people and their families and was given the opportunity to work with his high school Principal and mentor Michael Durso in Arlington County Public Schools. While working in ACPS he started his graduated studies. He received his master's degree in Education with a concentration in Counseling & Development from George Mason University.