History Department Chair
Cross Country co-coach
Mark Estanislao was born and raised in San Diego, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Irvine (2007) in Social Sciences alongside a minor in Education with a specialization in Social Sciences for Secondary School Education. He received his Master of Arts in Teaching from UCI in 2009. While living in New York City for four years, Mark attended Columbia University: Teacher’s College (2011) in hopes of receiving an Ed.D in Teaching Social Studies. He also attended New York University (2012) to pursue an advanced certificate in Digital Media Design for Learning. He made the wise decision to put both programs on hold in order to focus on honing his skills as a secondary classroom educator, but plans to pursue such degrees later in his professional career.
Entering the 2016-2017 academic school year, Mark Estanislao will have 8 years of teaching experience. Of the eight years, two years were spent teaching middle school. Mark was one of the lucky individuals from his cohort to obtain a full-time teaching assignment right after graduating college. He taught 8th grade early American History at a small middle school district in Norwalk, California. In 2009, he was the recipient of the 2008-2009 Little Lake City School District “Rookie Teacher of the Year” award. Unfortunately, the reality of budget cuts set in after his second year and was laid off. He took this opportunity to seize the moment and move to New York City that summer with nothing but two large luggage and a hopeful heart.
Mr. Estanislao taught 9th and 10th Global History for a public charter school located in Harlem for three years. He learned a lot about charter schools and working with a high population of students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504s. Here Mark learned to scaffold and backwards plan his curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of all learners. He was also trained in the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) system to be able to assist and respond to student’s emotional and behavior development. Every year Mr. Estanislao was at the school, his passing rate scores for the arduous Global History Regents (a subject test that scores low state-wide) exam increased. Although Mark was well respected in the school and the community at-large, he knew he wanted to find a school for professional growth and longevity.
New West has been Mr. Estanislao’s home for three years now. Although only entering his third year here, he continues to prove to his students, colleagues, administration and the community at-large that he embodies the mission of New West. His dynamic personality, willingness to help, and eagerness to learn has given him the courage to continue his second year as the 6th-12th History Department Chair. Mr. Estanislao is very enthusiastic about his leadership role and hopes not only to make a difference in his department, but New West Charter School as a whole!