Mark Kendall is enthusiastic about Outdoor Education and has a passion for teaching children in First Nation communities. He is especially focused on those who struggle in a classroom environment and believes those children can be taught and learn skills necessary to continue their education. Mark and his wife Lori moved up to Northwestern Ontario where Mark has worked with First Nations youth for the past 10 years and has developed a strong land-based pedagogy for students from kindergarten to grade 12. Before teaching, Mark was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for over 20 years. The last five years of his Army career brought him to remote communities in Northern Ontario where he taught First Nation's children survival skills and became an important part of the Canadian Junior Ranger community. Mark believes in, and has spent years teaching First Nations cultures and traditions, bringing the old ways back into communities and allowing our children to see first-hand the achievements of First Nations people. They see that throughout history what it taught and Mark believes that it builds pride and self-esteem amongst our youth.