Secondary Science Presidential Award Recipient
“The Presidential Award is an honor that surpasses any of my expectations. I have put my heart and soul into teaching young people, and it is rewarding to see their excitement and enlightenment. My interactions with the students have provided me with a lifetime of memories. It is a privilege to be amongst so many outstanding teachers and be honored for something that is my joy and passion. I am humbled to receive this award.”--Mark Fairbank
Mark Fairbank has taught science at Paso Robles High School for 26 years. He has taught Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Advanced Placement Chemistry and Physics. Prior to teaching in Paso Robles, he taught Physics and Physical Science at Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, CA.
The passion Fairbank has for teaching has spread. As Department Chair, he has assisted his department as well as 40 percent of the teaching staff in the implementation of interactive notebooks and Assessment for Learning strategies. The notebook and direct instruction that Fairbank uses allow students to be active in their own learning.
As a technology mentor, Fairbank wrote and implemented a $750,000 grant and taught many courses in computer technology. He has presented topics such as DNA technology, physics and chemistry demonstrations, and teaching strategies at local, private, and state conferences and workshops. He is the Assessment for Learning Coordinator, a master teacher for student teachers, and an Advancement Via Independent Determination presenter.
Fairbank has a B.S. in Chemistry, a B.A. in Physical Sciences, and an M.A. in Science Education from California State University, Sacramento. He is certified in physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and athletics.