Mark Townley

Associate Director


As Associate Director, Mark Townley helps manage all aspects of program operations including teacher recruitment, internship oversight, professional development, and project design/implementation. Mr. Townley started his career as a lateral entry teacher at Lee County Sr. High School where he taught for seven years before moving to Holly Springs High School in Wake County.

He has been in the classroom for 20 years teaching Earth/Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science, and AP Research. As an award-winning educator, Mr. Townley has worked with multiple statewide agencies to create innovative curricula and professional development and to advocate for the teaching profession.  He has served on the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee under Governor Roy Cooper and the Kenan Fellows Program Board of Advisors. He holds a B.A. in Geology from North Carolina State University.