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Mr.  Mark  Cross  Dougherty
Lead Instructional Teacher
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2002: BA in English from the University of Delaware and Temple University

2010: MAED in Middle Grades Education from East Carolina University

2017: Administrative Licensure from High Point University


12 years of classroom experience as a 7th and 8th grade ELA teacher

5 years as an Instruction Lead Teacher


This is my fifth year as a Bulldog. I've spent the previous twelve years at Southeast Middle School in Guilford County, where I taught Language Arts in seventh and eighth grade.

At SEMS, I coached Battle of the Books, track, football and basketball. I also served as a team leader and a department chair. In 2014, I was presented with the Teacher of the Year award. 

Currently, I serve as a chair to a variety of AMTS committees including, MTSS, SREB (LDC), SIT and SIP. 

In 2010, I earned a Masters degree in Middle Grades Education from East Carolina University. Prior to that, a BA in English from the University of Delaware and Temple University. Recently, I earned my licensure in administration from High Point University. 

My love of literature and creativity doesn't stop in the classroom. Outside of ATMS, I work as a freelance  copywriter; plus, I am midway through two novels and a play. I perform as a professional musician, too (in fact, it's not surprising to see me walk around campus with a ukulele or guitar in hand). 

I've been married for eleven years to the love of my life, Janis. We have have two children, Rhegan and Liam, who are still just little babies. I hope they never grow up!

It is my continued honor to be a part of the gifted family of teachers at ATMS. I love this school and community!