Faculty Focus: Mark Crowley

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Faculty Focus: Mark Crowley

Trey Dorsey, Writer

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Mr. Crowley is a teacher at Pope John Paul II. He has been teaching for years. Currently he teaches freshman English and four different Latin classes ranging from Latin I to AP Latin. One of his favorite bands is The Smashing Pumpkins.


Herald: Where did you go to college?

Crowley: I went to the University of Georgia for both undergraduate and graduate school.  I was a double-major in undergrad (Latin & Classical Culture), and my masters is in Latin with a focus on teaching methodologies.


Herald: What would you say is your favorite memoir from college?

Crowley: Having season tickets to UGA football for 7 years at $8/game.  Good times.


Herald: What or who made you want to be a teacher?

Crowley: Both of my parents are teachers.  My father taught English (focus on medieval literature & the history of the English language) at Auburn University, Montgomery.  My mother was a high school French teacher. I grew up in a family where we talked more about language, literature, & history than anything else.  I have loved talking about these things for as long as I can remember, so it makes sense that I get a job getting to talk about the things I want to talk about (which most people don’t want to talk about with me or hear me talk about).


Herald: What do you prefer to teach?

Crowley: Obviously Latin is my academic focus and my “main squeeze,” but Latin & I are not exclusive.  I loved teaching ancient history at my previous school. I love teaching freshmen English here. I love “teaching” soccer techniques & tactics both here and at Tennessee United Soccer Club.  I love sharing the things I know a lot about and am passionate about with young people in the hopes that they can find some of the joy in those things that I did and still do find in them.


Herald: How long have you been teaching?

Crowley: I taught at the University of Georgia as a graduate assistant for two years.  I taught at Frederica Academy in St. Simons Island, Georgia, for two years. This is my sixth year at JPII.  I have been a teacher in some capacity for going on ten years, but this is my eighth year as a full-time teacher. 

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