Mark grew up in Southern California and felt the weather was just too nice. So he moved to New York. He graduated from Yale University in 2012 with a BA in American Studies and a deep love for the performing arts. At school, he won the 2011 Elmer A. Willets Prize for Fiction and the 2010 Francis Bergen Memorial Prize for Prose. He also received a Richter Fellowship for the development of a children’s musical about paleontology. In 2012, he co-wrote the musical Independents, which won “Best Production” at the New York Fringe Festival and was selected as a Critics’ Pick in the New York Times.
Mark began tutoring and mentoring students of all ages in high school and since then has pursued a career teaching both artistic and academic subjects in a variety of contexts. Mark is a skilled test taker who received a 2390 on the SAT, perfect scores on all nine of his AP tests, and 760 or above on all four of his SAT Subject Tests! In later years, he scored in the top percentile on the GRE and enjoys helping students get back into test prep (for many aspiring graduate students, it’s been awhile!) Mark especially loves working with middle school and high school students; he strongly believes that a positive teacher/student relationship can help foster a curiosity, creativity, and self-motivation that lasts well beyond a single classroom or tutoring experience.
In his free time, Mark writes songs and fronts the electro-rock band Stompcat, which is going to take New York by storm as soon as a lot of people start liking it.