Degrees and Certifications:

Lewis University Master of Arts in Special Education LBS1 Certified

Mr. Mark Kaster


Hello!  My name is Mark Kaster and I am excited to be the Fourth Grade Supported Ed. Teacher at B.J. Ward.  This is my first year teaching 4th Grade after teaching 5th Grade at Ward for the prior two years.  Before coming to Valley View, I spent ten years teaching for the Lincolnway Area Special Education Cooperative.  During those years I instructed students ranging from grades 6-12 in a therapeutic setting with an emphasis on teaching social and emotional learning skills.  I strongly believe that in order for students to maximize their academic potential they need to be in a healthy mindset.  

In my spare time I enjoy photography, trivia, and following various Chicago sports teams.  I absolutely love traveling and enjoy exploring our beautiful planet, particularly via cruise boat.  

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or comments.  I have a passon for helping our wonderful school community become even better!