A Message from the Principal
Dear Mark Twain Families:
Welcome to our 2017-2018 school year! As you visit our classrooms, you will discover a school that is both culturally and linguistically diverse. There are over 35 languages spoken at Mark Twain and three quarters of our students live in a household where a language other than English is spoken. At Mark Twain we celebrate and draw creativity from our diversity.
The teachers and support staff at Mark Twain are dedicated to providing your child with an equitable education. We recognize that each learner is unique and we strive to meet their individual needs. Mark Twain believes in educating the whole child and meeting the academic, social/emotional, and behavioral needs of each learner.
At Mark Twain we also recognize the importance that families and community play in the success of the children we educate. Our belief is that the success of Mark Twain lies in the collaborative efforts we forge with parents and the community. We look forward to partnering with family members and the local community to ensure that we are providing our students with every opportunity they need to be successful. Together we can make a difference in the lives of the children at Mark Twain. We look forward and encourage your support and participation in any way possible.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of any assistance. We are going to have an amazing year at Mark Twain.
Your Partner in Education,
About Principal Roberts
Mr. Roberts has been Principal of Mark Twain School since 2016. He joined District 63 as Apollo's Assistant Principal in 2015, having previously served as Assistant Principal at Ombudsman Chicago South, part of the Chicago Public Schools Option Schools Program. He began his career in Florida as a social studies/reading teacher at AMIkids Orlando, a nonprofit that offers alternative education to youth with challenges.
Other past positions include lead K-8 teacher at Passport Charter School, where he was 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year, and academic coach at Shingle Creek Elementary School -- both in Orlando.
Principal Roberts earned a BA in political science from the University of Central Florida, and graduated with distinction from Capella University in Minneapolis with an MS in education. A Florida Department of Education Merit Award Recipient in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, he is a member of the Illinois Principals Association, International Literacy Association, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.