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Mark Solsman
Why have you chosen to serve on the AACS Board of Directors?

Serving the students, parents, and this great institution is truly a humbling experience. When I was first notified of my nomination I spent days in prayer with the Lord seeking His will. I feel called to serve on the Board of Directors because I enthusiastically support the vision and the direction of the faculty, staff, and administration and I would like to utilize all of my gifts and talents towards helping advance the school's mission and achieve its stated goals through my experience as a leader, an entrepreneur, and a critical thinker.

What do you do when you're not at AACS?


Serving the students, parents, and this great institution is truly a humbling experience. When I was first notified of my nomination I spent days in prayer with the Lord seeking His will. I feel called to serve on the Board of Directors because I enthusiastically support the vision and the direction of the faculty, staff, and administration and I would like to utilize all of my gifts and talents towards helping advance the school's mission and achieve its stated goals through my experience as a leader, an entrepreneur, and a critical thinker.

Tell us about your family?

My wife, Kelley, and I have been married since 1996 and together we have been blessed with two children, who have attended AACS since kindergarten.  Our son is a recent graduate of AACS and is now studying at Liberty University in Lynchburg VA.  Our daughter still attends AACS.  Last but not least we have two affectionate Labrador retrievers who think they are human.   
We often look back and reminisce our time with the awesome, God-inspired faculty and staff at the Lower and Middle school campuses.  They really are such special places!   
At the Upper School both of our children fully embraced the “Eagle Experience” to its maximum, participating in 3 seasons of sports, the performing arts, and in the academically challenging environment.  We are blown away by all of the rich opportunities offered in a Biblically-focused, Christ-centered community.  In fact many of our children's role models and mentors were first their coach or director.  We highly recommend you consider taking full advantage of everything this wonderful institution has to offer.

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  I studied at Penn State University in University Park, PA.  However, you can say that I didn’t “grow up” until I moved to Washington, DC by myself where I worked for the Federal Government.

Describe a perfect Saturday morning.

 
A perfect Saturday morning for me is any Saturday morning where there are no rehearsals or practices!  More seriously, what makes a perfect Saturday morning for me is when all four of us wake up to the awe of God's beautiful world.   I love the beauty-rich environment of our great nation and cherish time with nature, whether that is on the still waters of the Chesapeake Bay, or in the picturesque mountains of a National Park.  God’s creation is a beautiful place. Take time out to enjoy it.

What's one of your favorite Bible passages and why?


One of my favorite passages is the Great Commandment found in Matthew 22:37-39. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

To love another is to serve them. When I think of Christ and how He came to earth to serve us and teach us how to love through His example, I am humbled.  These verses are a guide to me when setting my priorities - loving God and serving Him by loving and serving others on this Earth.

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