From 1970 to 2011, Mark Kasen was a registered stockbroker with NYSE member firms and an active professional trader in the securities markets. He wrote a stock market column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 2004-2009 but changed his professional focus to education in the early 2000s. Since 2003, he taught high school social studies, history and economics in the St. Louis Public School (SLPS) district, a struggling urban school district, at Beaumont High School, Roosevelt High School and Vashon High School. He also teaches students about markets and economics in diverse St. Louis Public Schools, and is adjunct faculty at two universities in St. Louis County. Moreover, Mark has been a talk radio and television host in St. Louis for 25 years; and as part of his work in SLPS and in the media, he has been deeply involved in the business and politics of the black community in St. Louis. – Mark Kasen was eligible for the David Gottlieb Citizenship Education Fellowship because in addition to all these manifold and intense activities, he also is a doctoral student at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where he prepares his dissertation in the field of character and citizenship education with Marvin W. Berkowitz as his advisor.