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Mark Pennington is an educational author, presenter, reading specialist, and middle school teacher. Mark’s English-language arts/reading resources help teachers differentiate instruction for the diverse needs of their students.

Mark has taught in the elementary, middle school, high school, and community college settings. His MA Education (Reading Specialist) is from California State University at Sacramento. Mark received his teaching credential at the University of California at Los Angeles after graduating Magna cum Laude from the University of Southern California. Go Trojans!

Mark currently serves as an English Language-Arts Middle School Teacher in the Elk Grove Unified School District in Elk Grove, California. Mark presents at educational conferences and provides staff in-services in the areas of reading intervention, spelling/vocabulary, grammar/mechanics, and writing.

As a professional writer, Mark has served as series editor for Prima Publishing's (an imprint of Random House) Better in 5 Minutes series, and has written two of the books in that series. He has also authored six books and numerous resource collections for his own Pennington Publishing. Teachers refer to his books as “user friendly,” “written for the teacher by a teacher,” “comprehensive,” “no prep and no home correcting/grading,” “easy to differentiate instruction,” and “concise, but effective instruction.”

Mark and his family live in the beautiful Sierra Foothills of Northern California. In his spare time, Mark is a musician and avid backpacker.