Dr. Mark "Doc" Palmere, Ph.D. is nationally known and recognized for his ability to create educational programs that inspire, motivate and empower students preparing for high-school and scientific careers beyond. He is respected for his action research and long term commitment to improving education. Dr. Palmere's mission statement is: "To help learners of all ages to realize their educational potential."
Dr. Palmere holds a Bachelors degree in Biological Science from the University of Nebraska-Kearney (formerly Kearney State College) and a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska. During this time Dr. Palmere would compete as an NCAA Division I athlete in cross-country running. The rigor and standards of training and achieving at the highest competitive level would shape and influence both his theories for how to empower and motivate students and his notoriously high standards for Student Instructors, or those that want to ‘wear the vest’.
In 1989, he was the first ever to earn a double Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the areas of Educational Psychology and School Administration. Here, Dr. Palmere would gain the experience and conceptual framework necessary to create and sustain a highly-immersive, highly-demanding educational environment where students are taught to embrace and overcome hardship by pulling together as a team, applying their collective intelligence to real problems, and taking pride in helping and teaching those that follow to deepen and enrich both the students and the program.
Dr. Palmere’s teaching career began in Valley, Nebraska. In 1979, Dr. Palmere was a young graduate student, working with gifted and talented students and administering a program designed to increase student engagement and reduce school drop out. By developing individual educational career plans for all students district-wide, Dr. Palmere’s ideas towards evaluation and intervention contributed to a school drop-out rate of statistically infinitesimal (or effectively zero) for the Valley Public Schools, lead by then Superintendent John Johnston.
In the 1980's, Dr. Palmere worked with the Houston Independent School District, first as an intern with the district's proficiency test program, as a member of the crisis intervention team, and as a school psychologist at a magnet school that served two specials groups: the hearing impaired, and the highly intellectually gifted and talented. Then, for five years as a middle school science and computer literacy teacher. Many of his science labs are still used by the twenty thousand six-graders there today. Palmere's "The Pizza Method" mnemonic device created in 1987 is widely used across the USA to help students learn the order of the planets. ["My very educated mother just served us nine pizzas," --- Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto].
While Space Voyage Simulations and Space Voyage Academy would occupy much of Dr. Palmere’s life after its inception in 1986, Space Voyage was not the only immersive program that Dr. Palmere conceptualized and executed. In 1991, USA The Games was created, inviting middle school students to think like an Olympic champion as they learned "The Science of Success." In 1993, Dr. Palmere introduced Inventors' Showcase, an elementary science program based on Edison's model of invention and what Palmere calls "Edisonian Empiricism."
Since 1989, Dr. Palmere has worked with thousands and thousands of K-12 students as well as taking a more personal, direct mentoring role for a select few ‘Senior Instructors’. Dr. Palmere is nationally known for his knowledge of individual differences, data collection and data analysis of educational methods, and models of teaching. Dr. Palmere continues to be an educational architect and educational STEAM advocate.