11th year teaching Special Education at Paulsboro (NJ) High School
2nd year as Assistant to the Athletic Director
Name: Mark Edward Vogeding, Special Education Teacher, Paulsboro High School
Professional Highlights: Graduated from Paulsboro High School in 1987 and then went on to Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA where I graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Worked various jobs, including being a substitute teacher at Paulsboro High School off and on for three years before deciding to go to Rowan University to pursue my teacher certification. After completing all my classes, I decided not to do my student teaching at that point and took a job in warehousing. After a few years, I moved into the service industry serving as a host/manager at a couple of clubs in Philadelphia, PA at night while getting back to substitute teaching at PaulsboroHigh School during the day. Finally, in the fall of 2003, I began the process of becoming a full-time teacher. I worked as an aide in a self-contained behavioral disabilities classroom for students in the 7th and 8th grades. In the fall of 2004, I was hired under an emergency certification to teach in the same setting for students in 9th through 12th grades. The year of work under my emergency certification in conjunction with the classes at Rowan I took in 1994-1995 allowed me to earn my Teacher of the Handicapped certification. I am now in my 11th year teaching at Paulsboro where I am currently in charge of the high school Alternative Education Behavioral Disabilities Program and Assistant to the Athletic Director.
Personal Highlights: Born and raised in Paulsboro, I now live in Gibbstown, NJ with my wife Karen West. I have three stepsons---Jimmy, 19, Justin, 17, and Jacob, 13. I have an older (Nick) and younger brother (Jason). I am the son of the late John and Betty Vogeding. Again, I graduated from Paulsboro High School in 1987, where I was active in football and wrestling. I then went to Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA where I also played football and wrestled, and graduated in May of 1991. My biggest accomplishment was being able to achieve my degree in four years despite some academic setbacks that I had encountered. I also am a past winner of the very popular 610 WIP-AM Radio Wing Bowl Contest held annually each January in Philadelphia, PA. I won Wing Bowl 6 on January 23rd, 1998 held at the Philadelphia Spectrum before 14,000 spectators. I ate a then record 164 chicken wings in 30 minutes, a record that stood for 7 years.
Quote: “Always have the confidence to believe that anything is a possibility.”
School Activities: breakfast monitor, after school detention monitor, alternative education program teacher, home tutoring, mentor program
Hobbies: playing poker, doing crossword puzzles, going to Phillies and Flyers games, watching sports on TV, occasionally smoking a good cigar and having a sip of quality bourbon or whisky, following Paulsboro athletics, and spending as much time as I possibly can with my wife and best friend Karen.
I teach an Alternative Education Program, 8am-12:30pm. My kids are in a self-contained program where they receive all of their education through our classroom setting. I, along with my aide Joseph Benne, teach Language Arts, Math, Science, History, World Languages, Health/Physical Education, and Economics. Our job is to put our students in a position to improve any behavioral issues or problems they may have, while providing a classroom environment conducive to maximizing each students' learning potential.