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Mark Keegan

Science Instructor, National Honor Society Advisor - Appointed 2013

Graduate Degree

  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University

Undergraduate Degree

  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University

Honors and Awards

  • Northeastern University Carl S. Ell Presidential Scholar
  • IBM Thomas J. Watson Scholar
  • National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellow

Activities in College

  • Tau Beta Pi
  • University Honors Program

Best VCS Moment

Graduation 2014 – a fun and touching morning, made all the more special by seeing students, families, and staff work together so quickly to move the entire ceremony inside due to unexpectedly persistent rain showers.

Inspirational Quote

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” –Carl Sagan

Interests and Hobbies

Hiking and swimming with my sons, and card games

Brief Biography

I was born and raised in the Burlington area, and like many who grow up here I felt the need to experience something different after graduating from high school. In the nearly two decades since leaving Vermont (most of which was spent studying or working in Boston), two of the most precious things I gained were a family and a better perspective on just how special a place Vermont truly is. Having recently returned, I consider myself hugely fortunate to now be able to raise my own family here. But I’m also quite lucky to have been able to study and work in a global hotspot of scientific and technical innovation. Creativity, passion, and a conviction that amazing things are not just possible, but should happen frequently are core components of the culture that sustains those involved in science and engineering in that environment. I see bringing elements of that culture into Vermont science classrooms as an essential task – not just to prepare students to take their place as responsible global citizens, but also so they can carry Vermont forward in our increasingly technology-dependent world in a way that keeps faith with our core values.

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

At Vermont Commons School, our goal is to engage students with their world. We achieve this through programs and a curriculum grounded in local and global involvement.