Mark Tomcany- Anthropology & Biology ’01

Tomcany Mark

Earth and Environmental Science Teacher – Mathews County, Virginia

After graduating from Longwood College with a B.S. in Anthropology and Biology in 2001, I attended Old Dominion University, completing a M.Ed. in 2003.  Although I never pursued an official career in anthropology there is no doubt that my time spent with the anthropology department set the course to my career in education.  I entered the Anthropology Department in search of projectile points and vomit spatulas. I left with so much more. To this day I am grateful to the department faculty of Doctors Jordan, Bates, and Dalton for their contributions to my professional career.  It was through their example and under their guidance that I developed the academic knowledge, along with the leadership skills and patience of character, necessary to teach.  After all, it was during one of my first lectures in Ruffner Hall with Dr. Jordan that I recognized my own calling to teach.   Mine might not have been the traditional path to a career in education, it was Longwood Anthropology that guided me to this point.   And I can think of no greater measure of success.

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