Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Elementary Education (Millersville University) M.S. Elementary Education (West Chester University) Core STEM Curriculum (30+ credits, Immaculata University) Integrative STEM Endorsement (Neumann University)
Mr. Mark D. Neff Jr.
Mr. Neff graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Elementary Education and minor in Athletic Coaching in 2007. After graduating, Mr. Neff taught for one year as a 4th grade teacher in the Coatesville Area School District before he began teaching in Oxford in 2008. From 2008 to 2016, Mr. Neff taught mathematics and science at the sixth grade level at Hopewell Elementary School. Mr. Neff completed his graduate work in 2013, earning a Master's degree in Elementary Education. In 2013, he began work with the PA Multi-Regional STEM Grant, a partnership opportunity between Immaculata University and the Chester County Intermediate Unit. This opportunity allowed him to attend regular workshops at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and work with professors around the state of Pennsylvania, learning creative and meaningful application methods for STEM education in the classroom. In 2016, Mr. Neff was hired as the STEM Teacher at Hopewell Elementary School and, in June of 2018, he completed an Integrative STEM Endorsement through Neumann University.
STEM education has become an important part of Mr. Neff's life and he seeks opportunities for his students to learn as much about the influence that STEM has on the everyday lives of all people. He seeks to promote STEM-centered careers, learning opportunities and implements many different opportunities for his students to see the world through a "STEM lens". Apart from STEM, the focus of his life is family. He enjoys kayaking, cooking and spending as much time as he can with his wife, son, daughter and their black labrador retriever.
Mr. Neff also works as a Grow Your STEM Skills Instructor at the Chester County Intermediate Unit, teaching STEM skills to students from Chester County and other surrounding counties.