For the past forty years, Mark has dedicated his life and career to developing and delivering creative and story-based educational programming to the children of Hawai`i.
Mark has won numerous awards recognizing his excellence in children’s advocacy, environmental education, and the arts from both Kaua’i County and Hawaii State government.
He has studied with internationally celebrated puppeteers, storytellers, dancers, and theater professionals — granting him a profound understanding of cross-cultural traditions and artistic practice.
His multidisciplinary approach to education is reflected in his own articulation as an artist: having authored and produced original books, film, TV and internet media. He’s has produced interactive arts festivals and school tours all which serve to strengthen a child’s connection to their environment and their community, and above all, to develop their imagination and creative potential.
By training, Mark holds a B.Ed in Elementary Education and a M.Ed Early Childhood Education from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, and has received professional accreditation in Environmental Interpretation, Early Childhood Education, and Non-profit management and leadership.
His education and experience makes him uniquely capable of delivering effective programs during times of social distancing. Mark’s love of language through storytelling and his association with educators in Hue, is the basis of the development of ‘ZEEPIA’ with Luu Duong of English Zone, as a conduit of cultural understanding with the families of Vietnam and Hawaii.