being internationally minded means understanding, respecting, and valuing different cultures; embracing diversity; and knowing that different perspectives have a great deal to offer.
My name is Mark Gatdula, I am from the beautiful island of Guam (which is part of the United States), and I am a father of two. I have three older sisters and one younger brother, and 18 nieces and nephews! I have been around children all my life and absolutely enjoy their energy and excitement!
My experience with teaching children started back home in Guam when a close friend of mine opened up his own Brazilian jiu-jitsu academy. I worked with him in developing a kids’ fitness and conditioning program and it was one of the best experiences I have had with teaching children. Also, before coming to Summerhill, I taught at a Japanese preschool as an English teacher for two years, which I also really enjoyed!
What inspires me to teach is that teaching isn’t just a one-way street. I have found that children can teach me too—about different cultures, abilities, and perspectives. My biggest inspiration are motivated people, people who don’t give up and keep working hard to achieve their goals. It encourages me to work just as hard and even go the extra mile to achieve my goals.
To me, being internationally minded means understanding, respecting, and valuing different cultures; embracing diversity; and knowing that different perspectives have a great deal to offer.