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Mark Surratt

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Name: Mark Surratt
School: Providence Spring Elementary
City: Charlotte
State: North Carolina
Grade(s): 4th
Subject(s): All

What quote inspires you?
“Not everything that can be counted counts.
Not everything that counts can be counted.”

What is your favorite color and why?
I have always favored white because I like snow and blank slates.

What is your favorite piece of furniture in your classroom?
My bookshelves. I always like to see them stocked full of adventures.

How would you describe your teaching style?
I would say “coach” probably. I definitely do not directly deliver answers or information. I ask great questions and help students work together to find solutions.

When did you know you wanted to become a teacher?
I feel like maybe I’ve always known deep down, but I really knew after completing a sociology project in college about the shortage of male elementary school teachers.

What is your favorite lesson/unit to teach?
I love teaching our electricity unit. It is rewarding to see students have to collaborate in order to accomplish a task. Building circuits and experimenting with electricity is exciting for the students and that makes it even more fun to teach.

What is your greatest challenge in teaching?
I find it most frustrating that there is sometimes not enough time in the day to get to everything. The elementary curriculum is packed and it takes a lot of integration to make the most of our instruction.

If you could have a career other than a teacher, what would it be?
Pilot, Psychologist, Business Management, Boat Captain, Disney Prince, Minister, Ski Instructor, Classic Rock Cover Band, News Anchor

What’s something your students probably don’t know about you?
I know almost every popular song from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. The 70s is my weakest decade.

If a student were to remember something about your class 50 years from now, what do you hope it would be?
I hope they remember how much fun we had and how many laughs we shared.

What are your three favorite books?
1. The Name of the Wind
2. Ender’s Game
3. The Bible

Which do you prefer:

pen or pencil

coffee or tea

morning or afternoon

packed lunch or hot lunch

faculty meeting or dentist

Is there anything else you want to tell us?
1. I have been collecting Kansas City Royals memorabilia for 10 years.
2. I love The Muppet Show and Mork and Mindy.
3. I am a big fan of the University of South Carolina Fighting Gamecocks Football.
4. I play guitar/banjo and once formed a band in high school called “Lemmmon Lime”.


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