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Mark Gilles

College of Education



B.S. Criminal Justice Northern Michigan University


Mark Gilles is a faculty member at Southeastern University’s Pathways School of Excellence. He worked part-time as a substitute teacher in the spring of 2018 and then accepted a full-time position in the summer of 2018.

Mr. Gilles is originally from Lake Linden, MI, and he moved to Central Florida in 2001. Prior to his arrival at Pathways, he worked 16 years for Polk County Schools (Lakeland Highlands Middle and Crystal Lake Middle) as an Exceptional Student Education teacher and Physical Education teacher. He holds his Professional Educator’s Certificate from the State of Florida in both ESE and PE. After graduating with a Criminal Justice degree from Northern Michigan University, he began his career in Juvenile Justice as a Case Manager and Staff Instructor in Michigan and Florida. He spent several years counseling troubled youth along with coaching sports programs within the treatment programs.

Mr. Gilles has developed a passion and desire for working with children of all needs, and his love, motivation, and desire toward God has also inspired him to spread the gospel and help lead his students toward a Christian life.

Mr. Gilles’ goal is to build each student’s confidence and skills needed for individual success. He understands the importance of working hand in hand with the students, parents, Pathways team members, along with SEU/Local community support will help achieve this goal.

Mr. Gilles is the proud father of two beautiful children (Charlie and Piper). His son, Charlie has autism and is a student at Pathways School of Excellence. He and his children attend Grace City Church.

“I am so blessed that God has lead me to Southeastern University to serve His children.”