Mark Hanok has served as the official Rockland County Meteorologist since the old WRKL days, and since meteorologist since 1999 on WRCR AM 1700. Mark is a certified Earth science teacher and also certified in reading grades K-12 and elementary. Mark invented the Hands-On Weather Workshop and he presents these unique programs for elementary and middle grades students at schools, environmental education centers, parks and museums in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts.
For many years Mark has served as the official Hudson Valley meteorologist, on AM 1700 WRCR. I have teaching certifications that include Earth science grades 5-12 and Reading Specialist grades K-12 in Massachusetts, Literacy grades K-12 and elementary grades K-6 in Connecticut.
Mark has conducted over 230 very successful, hands-on weather workshops for elementary and middle school students in Connecticut, New York State and Massachusetts. These unique workshops have been presented at schools in rural, suburban, and urban settings, and at parks and nature centers in Litchfield, Fairfield and Westchester Counties – including Bedford Central Schools. I worked with the New York City Parks Department at parks and recreation centers in the Bronx, and at environmental education centers and museums in Connecticut. I have also worked extensively with kids in special education settings. These workshops weave together meteorology, geology, astronomy, geography and natural history, with key math concepts in the New York and Connecticut state standards, all with real-world connections
From January 2014 through June 2015 has worked with middle school students at Rogers Park in Danbury, as a special ed tutor, interpreting content areas, including re-teaching math, science and social studies lessons so that special needs students who are below grade level can attend mainstream classes and become higher achievers while joining their peers. During the 2014-15 school year worked with students who started out far below grade level in math and were able to succeed in grade-level math. Currently he is teaching as a substitute teacher in elementary and middle school students at Greenwich Public Schools in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Upon completion of the Saint Joseph University special education program and receiving a certification in special education, he plans on accepting a full-time classroom teaching position in Connecticut, New York or western Massachusetts that will include working with special needs elementary or middle grades students. As a special ed teacher I will develop programs and curriculum that connect hands-on projects like the weather workshops, to the state math, science, social studies and language arts standards.