Mr. Mark Wiening
Mark Wiening began his Gunston career in the summer of 1998 as a newly-graduated Music Education major from the University of Delaware. His first mission was to help design the renovation of a brand new teaching space on campus, the Gale Music Room. Entering his first school year as Director of Music with four students on the Chorale roster and 107 students enrolled in the school, he began teaching in what is now the College Guidance Office and moved into the newest classroom on campus in January of that school year.
Wiening took on the additional role as Dean of Students in 2010, which developed into his full-time position as the population exceeded 200 students. He looks back fondly on his years as a summer camp counselor and interim director at Bear Creek Lutheran Camp in Pennsylvania, as well as other teaching experiences that have led him to appreciate the intellectual and social development of adolescents as they reach new milestones and approach new challenges in their maturation.
Since his own high school years, he has been actively involved in choral and theatrical performance, singing locally with the Queen Anne’s Chorale and the Chester River Chorale. Wiening has been seen on stage at Church Hill Theatre and the Garfield Center for the Arts including title roles in “The Music Man”, “Pippin”, and “Jesus Christ Superstar”. A member of the Eastern Shore Choral Directors Association and on the education committee of Church Hill Theatre, Mark directs his church’s choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chestertown. A fan of the outdoors, he jumps at the opportunity to camp with his niece and nephew, but his three cats stay indoors at home.