Marcus Soule did not originally set out to become a teacher. In fact, he graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and pursued a career from there.
“I worked in the industry for a couple years,” Soule says. “Just long enough to realize that the side job I had, volunteering in schools, I was enjoying more than what I was doing engineering.”
With his wife’s support, Soule started teaching. But his true moment of courage came when he accepted a position as a physics teacher at The Governor’s Academy. Having grown up attending public school, Soule knew that much of the boarding school experience would be unfamiliar. He also knew that the project-based learning approach he applied to teaching would be counter to the school’s long history of traditional education.
“I signed on to work at one of the oldest boarding schools in the nation and I don’t represent anything traditional about what education looks like,” Soule says. “I commend the school because clearly they’ve supported me! I’ve been pretty privileged, pretty blessed.”
Now in his fourth year at Govs, Soule’s role has expanded to include teaching engineering, coaching JV Baseball, and mentoring the school’s Robotics Team. He also lives on campus in a girls dorm with his wife and two sons, ages eight and five.
True to his passion for hands-on learning, when it comes to the With True Courage campaign, Soule is most excited about the building projects, including the Parker River Environmental Studies Center.
“The fact that we’re going to build a research center on the banks of the Parker River is mind blowing. The opportunities that we’re going to be able to offer students could be tremendous!” he says. “As a science department member, I would love it if our school was known as the independent school that paid attention to, and educated people on, the topic of environmental sustainability. That would be maybe the most flattering thing I could hear.”