Mark Zavatsky '87

I am now living in Boca Raton, Florida. My wife and I, along with our 3 children have been living here for a year and a half. Although I did not go into the field of sociology after I graduated from W&L in 1987, my courses in the department molded my future. I have been in education for 29 years. I taught for 27 years at my alma mater, The Linsly School in Wheeling, West Virginia. Linsly is a private college prep school that is independent. I am now teaching in the Palm Beach County public school system at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Boyton Beach, Florida.

The courses that I took taught me about relating to people and recognizing that different backgrounds and social and economic classes shape a person's reality. This idea has helped me relate to students.

What benefited me the most, however, was the relationships that I formed with three of my professors. I took three courses from Professor Ken White and learned a great deal in each. Another instructor that impacted me was Professor Emory Kimbrough. I believe I took 4 courses from him. Professor Kimbrough was so genuine, and his sense of humor was entertaining. He was not able to finish the term while he was my instructor for the final time, and he passed away soon after.

The professor that influenced me the most was Dr. David Novack. He was Professor Novack when I first started taking his courses. His warm and caring personality not only helped me through the transition from a Commerce School major. He became my advisor, and his compassionate style helped me to decide to pursue a career in education. I wanted to impact young people and help them in their futures the way that Dr. Novack took an interest in me. Dr. Novack and I have stayed in touch and gotten together a couple of times when my family has gone back to Lexington.