Phone: 205.231.6370


Degrees and Certifications:

BS in Education - Samford University MA in History - University of Alabama at Birmingham EdD in Educational Leadership & Policy - Vanderbilt University National Board Certified Teacher

Dr. JohnMark Edwards

Meet the STEAM Coach

Greetings! I am Dr. JohnMark Edwards and I have been a professional educator for the past 12 years. I was born and raised in Chicago, but spent a significant portion of my formative years, including middle school in Costa Rica. In 2003, I moved to Birmingham to attend Samford University. While at Samford, I developed a passion for education, history, and cross-cultural experiences. For ten years, I taught social studies and coached middle schoolers at Phillips Academy, honing the art and science of teaching and learning. During that time I earned my Masters in History from UAB, became a National Board Certified Teacher, was named Birmingham City School's Teacher of the Year, gave a TEDx Talk, and took every opportunity to travel and learn about the world around us. For the 2017-2018 school year, I worked as a Teacher-Resident for Samford, getting the unique opportunity to teach the teachers. And most recently, I graduated from Vanderbilt University with an EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy and last fall (2019) I began working as the STEAM Coach for Birmingham’s first STEAM school! I have a lovely wife, Rachel and this summer we celebrated our 13th anniversary. We have four amazing children that keep us busy - AnnaBelle (10), Bear (8), Penelope (5), and the baby, Huxleigh (1). I am excited for the all potential of the 2020-2021 school year at THE STEAM Academy.