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Mark Ahlness

I'm retired, after 31 years as a public school teacher. I live in Seattle, Washington and spend some of my spare time at Seattle's Pike Place Market, volunteering in their Education Program - and also helping run the Seattle Nature Alliance.

Below are a few of the spaces I have developed, and then some stuff from WAY down Memory Lane... Peregrine Falcon Slideshow
Random Thoughts 
of Louis Schmier

Personal History

I grew up in the Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota) and then moved to Connecticut.

I received a BA in psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1973 (I'm the guy with the longest hair).

I then moved to Seattle, where I received my teaching certificate and M.Ed. from the University of Washington.

Oh yeah, I was an elementary public school teacher for 31 years.

Education Web Stuff

I am the developer of the Arbor Heights Home Page. One of the first schools on the web, the site has been there since 1994!  

Every spring I coordinate the Earth Day Groceries Project, which I began on the Internet in 1994.

I set up the original archive of The Random Thoughts of Louis Schmier, which I migrated to his still very active blog. Not too many blogs go back to 1993!

I was the moderator of tictech, an email discussion list dealing with information about technology in education in the Seattle Public Schools.

Personal Web Stuff

  A few years ago my third grade class had a great time observing and naming a young peregrine falcon in Minnesota!  Here's a slideshow

    My parents had a pretty swell time at their 50th wedding anniversary 20+ years ago. 

   Pre-covid, I ran the blog for the Education Program at Seattle's Pike Place Market.

   The Seattle Nature Alliance is where I get to keep pushing my passion for the environment.

   Finally, a link to the site I maintain for my talented wife Janeanne Houston