Tohulka, MS., AQ.
graduated with a M.S. in Biology in 1992. Mark is a Marine Science
teacher at Key Biscayne’s MAST Academy, a high school with a marine
sciences and technology-dedicated curriculum. “MAST is a wonderful
and demanding place to work,” said Mark. “It is definitely a place
where scholarship is valued. ”If Mark’s students are stellar it’s
likely he had something to do with it. A recipient of multiple awards
for teaching, Mark was named Florida's AP Science/Math Teacher for
Florida by Siemens Corporation on April 3, and was even the runner-up
for the teacher of the year award in Miami-Dade County.
But Mark’s highest award was as the recipient of the “Oscars” of teacher
awards, the coveted Milken Educator Award in 2001. The award
was presented to him by the Florida Commissioner of Education – now
Florida Governor, Charlie Christ. A National Board Certified
teacher, Mark is also the recipient of several other honors, including
a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.
is also a dedicated and accomplished diver and Aquanaut and was the
primary teacher interface for the Scott Carpenter Space Analog missions
in 1997 and 1998. Mark arranged for student and classroom links
between the SCSAS undersea station and classrooms of students all
over the world.
member of the Florida Marine Science Educators Association and the
National Marine Educators Association, Mark has helped develop a wide
variety of marine-related curriculum in both formal and informal education
settings. This has included work as Director of the Scott Carpenter
Man in the Sea Program during 1995 and serving as the primary teacher
interface for theScott Carpenter Space Analog missions in 1997 and
1998, linking students and teachers from all over the world to the
program. Later, he helped develop policy statements with the Organization
for Curriculum Exploration and Advancement of Natural Sciences (OCEANS)
working group at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, and collaborated
on lesson plans for the Aquarius Undersea Habitat.
also served as a reviewer, contributing author, and consultant for
Life on an Ocean Planet, a high school marine science textbook program.
Mark is known for creativity in bringing authentic research experiences
to high school students, whether through his ongoing shark research
project with the University of Miami, or his work with summer research-oriented
programs for underserved minority students. His experience as
a diver and aquanaut promises to do the same for the Atlantica Expeditions.