Instructor, Landscaping and Horticulture and
Construction Vocational Team Facilitator
413-863-9561, ext. 285 email@example.com
Kurt Richardson started teaching horticulture at the Franklin County Technical School in 2002 after several years as a substitute during winter down times in his private business.
Before entering the education field, Kurt owned and operated several “green” businesses including a retail garden center, a greenhouse operation, as well as landscape contracting, irrigation contracting and tree work companies.
His wide range of experience allows him to introduce students to a variety of career paths and opportunities in the horticulture sector.
Kurt's philosophy on technical education is to provide students with the employability skills they will need to succeed after high school, no matter what career they may choose.
Kurt holds a Bachelor’s of Science in environmental design from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He became a licensed vocational teacher in Massachusetts in 2016.
He holds a Massachusetts Commercial Pesticide License, a Massachusetts Hoisters License, a Commercial Driver’s License, a Massachusetts Horticulturist Certificate, and is certified as an irrigation contractor and as an irrigation auditor.
Landscaping and Horticulture
413-863-9561, ext. 285
Mark Amstein started teaching horticulture at the Franklin County Technical School in 2007.
Mark is a strong advocate for vocational education. Drawing on over 15 years of experience as a business owner and as a plant scientist in the golf and environmental industries, Mark strives to develop his students’ employability skills so they will succeed in whatever career they choose. He became a licensed vocational teacher in Massachusetts in 2010.
He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in plant and soil sciences and an Associate of Science in Turf Management from Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts. Mark also holds a Massachusetts Commercial Pesticide License and a Massachusetts Hoisters License.
He grew up in Colrain, and lives in Buckland with his wife and twin children. He is a 1988 graduate of Mohawk Trail Regional High School.
It is the policy of the Franklin County Technical School not to discriminate on the basis of homeless status, sex, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, transgender, gender identity, creed, color, national origin or disability in its educational programs, activities or employment policies.