More than an Educator!
Created by kiatonique 6 years ago
Mark was much more than an educator. He was a friend, a role model, and an inspiration to us all. His smile and personality could turn a bad day into a cherished memory. He believed in all of his students and touched us in a way that left a lasting impression.
As a student in Marquette's Upward Bound program, Mark taught me patience, motivation, and determination. The last time I saw him, he was so happy. He had just married the love of his life and was considering furthering his teaching career. My best friend and I updated him on our lives and he looked at me with that memorable smirk on his face and said "I always knew you would be ok." I felt so proud to hear him say those words because it meant a lot to me. I remember sitting in his office talking about what I wanted to do for college, and he said, "Don't take the easy way out. Do what makes you happy." Those words didn't have much meaning for me back then because I was so lost, but now, I understand and wish I would have made different choices the first time around.
Mark connected with his students on a personal level and gave his time and advise generously. He is irreplaceable! His spirit will live on in the hearts of all of the lives he has touched. I love you Mark. May you rest in peace.