Paul Mlakar was appointed to the mathematics department in 2003. Paul says he "bleeds scarlet and grey", having earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education from The Ohio State University in 1994. He earned his Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction in 2003 from the University of Houston. He has worked in various aspects of education throughout his career, first as a high school math teacher in Pasadena, Texas, followed by an education specialist at Space Center Houston, the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. He left that position to serve as an education specialist at the Region IV Education Service Center in Houston, where he provided training and professional development to math teachers throughout the Houston area and around the state of Texas. Paul has authored numerous mathematics curricula for Geometry, Algebra II, and Mathematical Modeling, and has served in advisory positions for several different mathematics textbooks and online mathematics resources for teachers and students. During his breaks, he continues to provide professional development training to math teachers throughout the country. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he also serves as the technology resource lead for the mathematics department. He coaches the St. Mark's Academic Quiz Bowl team, and advises the Model United Nations club and the just-for-fun non-gambling poker club. He is married; he and his wife, Kristin, share their home in north Dallas with their two lovable labs, Davinci and Eva.