Mark Hermano
University of Illinois, B.S.
Year joined SPS

Running, snowboarding, martial arts, photography

Mark Hermano was born in Manila, Philippines, but grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. From his bedroom window, he could see the Fermi National Laboratories and would imagine all the amazing experiments going on there with the hope of one day working there himself. Though he did some particle physics research as an undergraduate, it was his teaching assistant position that changed the trajectory of his career. Ultimately, teaching led to the fulfillment of his childhood dream in 2018, when he was selected to work at Fermi Lab as a teaching fellow in a summer program.

After college, Mr. Hermano followed his heart to San Francisco and worked in private schools for 13 years, until he met his wife while traveling abroad one summer. When neither could secure a work visa in the other’s country, they moved to Indonesia to work at international schools together. After getting married in Bali, the couple returned to the U.S. Mr. Hermano continued his international school experience by teaching physics and running the STEM program for five years at an all-girls, International Baccalaureate, boarding school in Maryland. Coming to St. Paul’s School with his family, including two young children, is the next chapter in their love story together.