White House Honors Grad as ‘Champion of Change’

Mark Coppin shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the Champions of Change ceremony.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, Full Sail grad Mark Coppin joined nine other distinguished U.S. educators at the White House in a ceremony honoring them as ‘Champions of Change.’ The 10 educators met with President Barack Obama and were formally recognized for their creative approaches in using technology to enhance student learning.

Mark is the Director of Assistive Technology at the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown, North Dakota, which provides therapeutic and educational services for people of varying disabilities. He also provides technology evaluations and consultation services throughout North Dakota. Mark earned his master’s degree from Full Sail’s Education Media Design & Technology degree program in 2011.

WhiteHouseinlineMark described the ceremony as an incredible, “once-in-a-lifetime” experience. “More importantly, it gives me a wider audience to talk about the importance of accessibility for persons with diverse learning needs. It provides me with an opportunity to showcase how today’s technologies and accessibility can provide opportunities that level the playing field for all students,” says Mark. “To me, these are the people who are my heroes because they don’t see limitations, but possibilities.”

In 2009, Mark was named an Apple Distinguished Educator, and served on their advisory board from 2009-2012. His leadership was instrumental in the Anne Carlsen Center’s selection as an Apple Distinguished School for 2012-2015.