Mark has 25 years of experience working in various capacities at the Anne Carlsen Center. He began as a special education instructor in 1987, and also served four years as director of summer programming, and two years as interim director of educational services. He was a classroom teacher until 1992 when he became Director of Assistive Technology and Director of IT. As Director of Assistive Technology, he coordinated the provision of assistive technology services for the Center. He is also a member of the outreach technology team, which provides evaluations and consultation services throughout North Dakota.
Coppin has attended and presented at state, regional, and national conferences on such topics as technology and teaching, special education, video production, assistive technology, iPad and iPod touch, and autism. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from Moorhead (MN) State University in speech communications and in special education and has a Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology. Mark is also a certified ATP (Assistive Technology Practitioner) through RESNA.
In 2009, Coppin was chosen as an Apple Distinguished educator. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Apple Distinguished Educator program. Coppin was nominated for the 1988 North Dakota ARC Teacher of the Year and the 1992 National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children Teacher of the Year.