Mark Farr KNEA Secretary-Treasurer
Mark Farr, KNEA Secretary-Treasurer
Mark Farr is the new secretary-treasurer for Kansas NEA.
was appointed by the KNEA
Board to fill the term of Karen Godfrey, Topeka, who is now KNEA's vice president.
Farr, a science teacher at Nickerson High School, has been an active leader in his profession, school and local association. Within his school district Farr has served on the Professional Development Council for 14 years and chaired that committee for 12 years.
Farr has served as president, building representative, treasurer, and Chief Negotiator for EA 309, his local KNEA affiliate. At the state level, Farr is a member of the Kansas NEA Professional Development Council training cadre and is active in the Kansas NEA Political Action Committee.
In 2006 he was elected to serve as a Director on the NEA Board of Directors and was appointed by the NEA President to serve on the NEA Employee Advocacy Committee.
Farr was selected by Mid-continent Research for Education (McREL) to participate in a two-year Secondary Science and Leadership Institute; he has been an active member of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science and has been a mentor teacher and member of the Wichita State University Phi Kappa Phi Chapter.
Farr earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hutchinson Community College and went on to Emporia State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary.
He began his career teaching at Sterling Junior High School then moved to Nickerson High School teaching computer studies and science classes. Seeking to enhance his professional development Farr completed a Master of Education at Wichita State University in 1998.
has also taught computer application classes for Hutchinson Community College
and Cranford Business College. Farr's article, "Nickerson High School
Physical Science After School Tutoring Program" was published in the Journal of Critical Inquiry
Into Curriculum and Instruction. This article reviewed the after school tutoring program Mark
piloted and built to help struggling students succeed in physical science classes.
While not teaching and working on behalf of Kansas NEA members, Mark is a Lieutenant with Reno County Fire District 3. He enjoys being part of the pit crew for his brother's race car team.