Radford University Alumnus John Marks Named Roanoke City Schools
Teacher of the Year
RADFORD -- John Marks ‘07, a teacher in the middle school teacher education program in Roanoke City, has been named the city’s School Teacher of the Year.
Twenty-nine nominees one from each Roanoke city school were selected by teachers and administrators. After a series of essays were submitted, three finalists were chosen. A television crew paid a surprise visit to each of their classrooms, interviewed them and filmed a lesson. One final interview was conducted by a panel of judges.
Marks, a teacher at James Madison Middle School, has taught sixth and eighth grade math for the past three years. He has a degree in interdisciplinary education with concentrations in middle school math and science. He formerly taught at William Ruffner Middle School.
“I attended RU from fall 2005 to spring 2007 and flourished under Dr. Betty Dore and the middle school education program. Dr. Dore was a big inspiration to me as she stressed the importance of celebrating diversity as we get to know our students,” said Marks. “I was honored to have [her] as my guest at the presentation.”