One of Dr. Mark Seals’ favorite quotes by Haim Ginott tells a great deal about his teaching beliefs:
I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. My personal approach creates the climate. My daily mood makes the weather. As a teacher I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.
Seals’ educational interests are in the phenomenon of caring and the role that it plays in the teaching and learning process in and out of the classroom setting. He has given numerous presentations regarding the ethic of care, relationships and teacher effectiveness and how it impacts the “whole student” and his/her academic, social and emotional growth.
Seals has also taken a great interest in preparing students, particularly Alma College, Student for travel aboard. Dr. Seals has taken several Spring Term Trips to India, Peru and Ecuador.
Seals teaches at all levels of the education program, including classes such as EDC 130 (Foundations of Secondary Education), EDC 361 (Teaching Elementary Science), as well the secondary capstone course, EDC 348 (Principles of Secondary Education. He also supervises many of Alma College’s student teachers.
Seals completed his doctoral work at Purdue University in secondary education in the areas of curriculum and instruction, and science education. For 12 years in the public schools, he taught biology, advanced biology, integrated science, earth science and physical science. He also coached girls’ track, drama, boys’ basketball and football.
- Ph.D., Science Education, Purdue University, 1999
- M.S., Education, Purdue University, 1991
- B.A., Secondary Education, Eastern Oregon University, 1983
I am glad to be a member of the Education Department here at Alma College, where we value our “close-knit” community and our ability to interact with students on a daily basis, guiding them toward their future goals. I have an open door policy, so feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns!