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Mark Mason 
Immediate Availability
Willing To Relocate
 
Courses Taught:
  • 3D Animation
  • Autonomous Robotics
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • CAD
  • Electronics
  • Microsoft Office
  • Internet Research 
  • Keyboarding
  • Physical Education

Career Overview

After eight years as an automotive tooling design engineer, I successfully transitioned to the role of educator and course developer for middle and high school technology programs, taking my real world “industry” training and experience into the classroom.

 

In addition to teaching typical computer courses (e.g., keyboarding, Internet research techniques, and Microsoft Office applications), I developed and taught technology courses in 3D animation, CAD, web design, and electronics.

Advanced technology projects include building and programming autonomous robots at the middle and high school levels. The term `robot' implies that the systems are capable of performing purposeful behaviors in the real world. They obtain inputs from the world through sensors and act upon the world through actuators. Most autonomous systems display some form of mobility: on land, under water, in the air or in space. The mobility may make use of wheels, legs, fins, rotors or other actuators.


Education
   

University
of Toledo, Ohio - Bachelors Degree 
 
Majors: Health & Physical Education
Minor: Athletic Training & Interscholastic Athletics
 
Certifications  

Ohio Coverage: Physical Education (Grades 6 - 12)
Type: Permanent

Ohio Coverage: Health (Grades K - 12)
Type: Permanent

Ohio Coverage: Computer Applications (Grades K - 12)
Type: Permanent

 

Skills Set Overview

 

Teaching

Eleven years full-time teaching experience (PK3 -12th).
AAAAAA

Coaching

Twenty-eight years of experience includes middle school, high school, premier club, and Olympic Development Program. Hold two national coaching licenses. Head coaching includes soccer, swimming, wrestling, track, volleyball, and basketball.

 

Engineering

Automotive Design Engineer with eight years experience working with advanced CAD/CAM computer systems to produce design layouts, 3D models, and engineering drawings for the automotive tooling industry.

 

Graphic Design, Video & TV Production

Digital Media Producer with six years of experience using high-performance MAC & IMB workstations, and professional New Media tools. Directed middle school TV production crew for morning school news and announcements program. Software experience includes: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier, Corel Painter, Avid Media Composer, and Adobe Illustrator.

 

3D Modeling & Animation

Six years experience using high-end MAC & IBM workstations and industry leading 3D modeling and animation tools. Software experience includes: Maya, 3D Studio Max, Lightwave 3D, Bryce and Rhino 3D.

 

Web Design

Twelve years experience developing school and commercial websites. Software experience includes: Microsoft FrontPage, Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Freehand, Adobe Image Ready, and Adobe Photoshop. 

 

Robotics

Four years experience teaching building and programming multi-sensor robots. Students at all grade levels are fascinated with robots; and teaching with robots provides a new and exciting way to interest and motivate students. Robots help teach science, math, mechanics, teamwork and even management skills.

Work Experience 
 
Regular Work Experience 

07/2006 -
North Broward Prep School
7600 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek, FL 34210

Positions Held:  Autonomous  Robotics Educator (6th-8th). Head Boy's Middle School Soccer Coach. 
 
Description: The Autonomous Robotics course represents a practical application of physics, computer science, engineering, and mathematics, and provides a very powerful and flexible approach to demonstrate a variety of engineering concepts. In addition, the robots and robotic technology inculcate an interest in science and increase self-esteem, as well as teach basic life skills such as problem solving, decision making, goal setting and logical thinking.

07/2005-07/2006
Flora MacDonald Academy
200 North College Street
Red Springs, NC 28377

Positions Held: Computer Applications Teacher (2nd-9th). Applied Technology Teacher (10th-12th). Head Boy's & Girl's Varsity Soccer Coach. 
 
Description:  The Computer Applications course included instruction in software applications used in today's business world, internet research techniques, e-commerce, and keyboarding.
 
Description: The Applied Technology course included robotics, electronics, CAD/CAM, e-commerce, 3D modeling & animation, contruction engineering, and aerospace engineering. 
 
07/2004-08/2005
Charter Schools USA 
12850 Commonwealth Drive 
Fort Myers, Florida 33913 
 
Positions Held: Computer Applications and Robotics Teacher (6th-8th). Head Boy's Soccer Coach. Head Boy's Volleyball Coach. Head Boy's Basketball Coach. 
 
Description: The Computer Applications course included instruction in software applications used in today's business world, internet research techniques, and keyboarding.
 
Description: The Robotics course introduced basic concepts in the design, programming, and building of autonomous robots. Working in teams, students also learned valuable leadership and project management skills. 
 
08/2002-06/2004
Dreams Are Free Institute
4830 Fruitville Road 
Sarasota, Florida 34232 
 
Position Held: Exceptional Education Teacher: Physical Education and Computer Applications. 
 
Description: Computer Applications course included instruction in software applications used in today's business world, Internet research techniques, keyboarding. In addition, course included an introduction to 3D modeling and animation, robotics and electronics (3rd - 12th).
 
Description: Taught 5th - 12th grade Physical Education.
 
08/2001-06/2002
St. Andrew Catholic School 
9990 NW 29th Street 
Coral Springs, Florida 33065 
 
Position Held: Physical Education Teacher (PreK-12th). Head Boy's & Girl's Basketball Coach. 
 
Description: Taught PE to students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade 
 
08/2000-06/2001
Sagemont School 
2585 Glades Circle 
Weston, Florida 33327 
 
Position Held: Computer Applications Teacher (6th-10th). Webmaster. Boy's Soccer Coach. Boy's Flag Football Coach  
  
Description: Computer Applications course included instruction in software applications used in today's business world, internet research techniques, and keyboarding. 

 
08/1998-08/2000
Grand River Academy 
3042 College Street 
Austinburg, Ohio 44010 
 
Position Held: Computer Science Teacher (9th-12th). Head Boy's Indoor and Outdoor Soccer Coach 
 
Description:  Introductory course included instruction in software applications used in today's business world, Internet research techniques, and keyboarding. Advanced course included CAD and Flash animation.
  
08/96-08/98
Randolph Macon Academy 
200 Academy Drive 
Front Royal, Virginia 22630 
 
Position Held: Computer Science Teacher (9th-12th). Head Boy's Soccer Coach. Head Boy's Wrestling Coach. Head Boy's Basketball Coach.
  
Description: Computer Applications I students learned Microsoft Office 97 Suite applications, keyboarding, and Internet research skills. 
 
Description: Computer Applications II students learned web design, and 3D modeling and animation.
 
01/1988-08/1996
Delta Engineering 
25330 Interchange Court 
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48335 
 
Position Held: Automotive Design Engineer 
 
Description: Utilized advanced CAD/CAM computer systems and software to produce design layouts, 3D models, and engineering drawings for the automotive tooling industry. Produced presentation proposals for automotive manufacturing plants overseas. 

 

Produced engineering and tooling cost forecasts, engineering and tooling construction status reports and critical timing paths for domestic and overseas automotive programs.

 

Other Information 
 
Extra-Curricular Activities of Interest: Basketball, Flag Football, Newspaper, Radio/TV, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball, Wrestling, Robotics Club, Robotics Competition Club, and Computer Club.

US Citizen: Yes  
Gender: Male  
Best Time to Contact: Mornings & Weekends
Years of Teaching Experience: 11

Coaching Experience

 

       Minored in Athletic Training and Interscholastic Athletics.

       166 hours of training in advanced soccer coaching and team management techniques.

       Hold the National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

       Hold the National “C” Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation.

       Twenty-seven years of experience includes middle school, high school, premier club, college, and Olympic Development Program. Head coaching experience includes soccer, swimming, wrestling, volleyball and basketball.

       Head Premier Youth Club Soccer Coaching includes: Sunrise (Sunrise Youth), Florida; Highland (Huron Valley), Michigan; Livonia (Livonia Youth & Michigan Wolves), Michigan; Omaha (Gladiators), Nebraska; Sylvania (Pacesetter), Ohio.

       Three State Championships.

       Three successful tours of Europe coaching premier travel teams.

       Former players included members of the U.S. Olympic Team, U.S. Pan American Game’s team, World University Games team, and U.S. National Youth Soccer Teams.

       Former high school and club players I have coached who are current or former professional players in the MLS: Michael Gentile (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Cassar (FC Dallas), Jason Kreis (all-time leading goal scorer in Major League Soccer history), and Scott Lamphear (MetroStars).

       Former University of Toledo Athletic Trainer

       Former Ohio and Nebraska State Team Coach for the ODP

       Named “Coach of the Year” by the northwestern Ohio High School Soccer Coaches Association in 1981

       Named “All Area Soccer Coach of the Year” in southeastern Michigan in 1990

       Named “Regional Soccer Coach of the Year” by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association in 1995

       Former Athletic Director of the Mid American Indoor Soccer League

       Record of 45-9-8 for a .73 winning percentage during three seasons as a Michigan Class A Head Boys’ Varsity Soccer Coach.

       2006 North Broward Prep School, Coconut Creek, FL. Head Boys' Middle School Soccer Coach.

       2006 Mid-State United, Red Springs, NC. Head Boys’ Soccer Coach.

       2006 Flora Macdonald Academy, Red Springs, NC. Head Boys’ & Girls' Soccer Coach.

       2005 Gateway Charter School, Ft Myers, FL. Head Boys’ Soccer Coach. Head Boys’ Basketball Coach.  Head Boys’ Volleyball Coach. Undefeated league champions in soccer and volleyball.

       2003 Cardinal Mooney High School, Sarasota, FL. Assistant Coach. State Finalist. Ranked #6 in the Southeast Region, and #2 in the final state poll 2003. Record of 22-1-2.

       1995 Linden High School, Linden, MI. Head Girls’ Soccer Coach. District Champions.

       1990-1993 Winston Churchill High School, Livonia, MI. Head Boys’ Soccer Coach. 1990 State Finalist with a final record of 20-1-1

       1989 Harry A. Burke High School, Omaha, NB. Head Boys Soccer Coach. State Class A semi-finalist.

       1986 St. John’s High School, Toledo, OH. Assistant Boys Soccer Coach. Class AAA district finalist. Undefeated league champions.

       1983 - 1988 Staff Soccer Coach Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

       1983 St Francis De Sales High School, Toledo, OH. Head Boys Soccer Coach. Undefeated league champions.

       1981 First high school Head Boys Soccer Coach head assignment at Bowsher High School, Toledo, Ohio. Undefeated league champions.

       1979 – 1980 Initiated club soccer at both Sylvania Northview and Sylvania Southview high schools club. Success prompted the Sylvania school board to add varsity programs at both schools in 1981.

       1978 - 1981 Referee Administrator and trainer of the Sylvania Area Recreation Coalition in Sylvania, Ohio.

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Mark J. Mason
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Currently seeking a middle school teaching and coaching position in the United States or Europe. My robotics & 3D animation courses have been extremely successful and very popular elective courses. 

 

Last Updated 02/25/07


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