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Mark Knowles

Mark Knowles

What I do

Mr. Knowles was recently elected as the RSU23 Education Association president and is dedicated to fighting for fair teacher salaries and benefits, reasonable working conditions, and a positive work environment so that teachers are free to focus on and meet the needs of all learners. He enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, camping, reading and cooking. He loves New England sports teams, the outdoors, and spending time at Moosehead Lake with his family. 

This year is Mr. Knowles’ 20th year at Old Orchard Beach High School as a teacher in the Pathway Alternative Education Program. Mr. Knowles was hired to start the alternative program in 2000 and the program has helped many students find academic success through hands on learning, low student teacher ratios, career exploration, and solid student-teacher relationships. His fundamental core philosophy is that all communities and public educators have a moral responsibility to support all students to achieve success in school. Mr. Knowles believes that every person matters, failure is not an option, and that having an educated population is central to the welfare of your pluralistic democracy.

Mr. Knowles is married, has two grown sons, one son graduating from high school in 2020, and a dog named Finnegan. His Mom and two sisters reside in NH, and his Dad is in Florida, and he has two nieces, and a nephew.

Mr. Knowles attended USM earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in History, an MS in Teaching and Learning, and an MS in Educational Leadership. Mr. Knowles discovered Alternative Education as an intern at South Portland and Gorham High Schools. Originally planning to teach social studies, he became dedicated to serving students at risk of not graduating. After completing his graduate degree, Mr. Knowles was hired at Noble High School in their Alternative program where he worked for two years prior to OOBHS. 

Mr. Knowles has been a baseball, basketball, and soccer coach for youth programs. Baseball is his passion and coached in Little League, Babe Ruth, and Middle School programs. Prior to teaching high school, Mr. Knowles was in the United States Marine Corps for eight years and was Honorably Discharged as a staff sergeant. Although a multi-generational Maine resident, he resided in California for 10 years after serving his country where he worked for the U.S. Postal Service.