Marc Markell is a professor at St. Cloud State University. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul with B.A. degrees in Education, and Communication and Theater Arts. Marc earned a Masters degree from Minnesota State University at Mankato in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Marc’s primary areas of interest at St. Cloud State include teaching academic progress monitoring, reading and writing methods and strategies for students with special needs, behavior management, sexuality education for individuals with disabilities, and grief and loss education. He also supervises student teachers seeking licensure in special education.

Marc is a certified professional developer through University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and certified as a direct instruction teacher trainer through the Association of Direct Instruction. He has published in the area of curriculum based measurement, sexuality education, and grief and loss. In addition to teaching at St. Cloud State, Marc is also an educational consultant for several school districts.

Marc is a certified Thanatologist (the study of death, dying, and bereavement) through the Association of Death Educators and Counseling, and certified in Death and Grief Studies from Colorado State University through the Center for Loss and Life Transition.  In addition to publishing in the area of grief and loss, he facilitates grief support groups, and presents on grief and loss issues for a variety of audiences (colleges, schools, foster care and adoption agencies, churches, hospices, and parent groups). Marc also teaches graduate level courses on grief, loss and death education, and is a hospice volunteer. As a hospice volunteer he works primarily with children who have lost a significant person in their lives.

His licensures include:

Minnesota Licensures

  • Reading Specialist (K-12)
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities (K-12)
  • Specific Learning Disabilities (K-12)
  • Mild to Moderate Mentally Handicapped (K-12)
  • Moderate to Severe Mentally Handicapped (K-12)
  • Elementary Education (K-6)


  • Certificate as a Kansas Learning Strategies Professional Developer through the Center for Research on Learning – University of Kansas
  • Certificate in Thanatology through the Association of Death Education and Counseling
  • Certificate as a Hospice Volunteer Heartland Hospice
  • Certificate in Death and Grief Studies through Colorado State University – Center for Loss and Life Transition
  • Certified as a “Our Whole Lives” Facilitator Our Whole Lives Sexuality Curriculum
  • Certificate as a Direct Instruction Trainer through the Association of Direct Instruction

New Book by Marc Markell

Everyone Grieves: Stories About Individuals with Disabilities and Grief
Everyone Grieves
A collection of 7 stories about children, adolescents and young adults with disabilities who experience a death loss. In each story are some rituals that the characters use to aid in their healing process. The stories are meant for children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities as well as parents, educators, and care providers.

Why will this book will appeal to readers?
There are no other stories of this type in publication today. People with disabilities as well as people who care about them will be able to read stories about people like them and the people they love. They will be able to connect with the characters as well as learn about possible ways of helping people with disabilities grieve and mourn.

Purchase Everyone Grieves: Stories about Individuals with Disabilities and Grief

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