Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Mark Berntson
Mark Berntson is the guitar teacher at West Fargo High School and West Fargo Sheyenne High School. He was the band director at WFHS from 1996 to 2011. His career began as the band director in Beulah, North Dakota from 1991 to 1996. Mark is a native of Lisbon, North Dakota and is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, where he received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees.
Mr. Berntson has served as Vice-President of the North Dakota Education Association, and as President of the West Fargo Education Association, the Beulah Education Association, and the North Dakota National Band Association. He is the co-founder of the NDNBA Junior High All-State Band Festival, and was the chair of the North Dakota Music Educators Association All-State Festival Committee for thirteen years. Mark has been a performing member of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony, the Bismarck/Mandan Symphony, and the Lake Agassiz Concert Band.
Mark has been awarded the Allegro Band Award by the North Dakota National Band Association, the Golden Torch Award by the West Fargo Education Association, the Outstanding Educational Leadership Award by the North Dakota Education Association, and the Distinguished Service Award and Hall of Fame Award from the North Dakota Music Educators Association.
Mr. Berntson is proud to be an active uncle to three nieces and one nephew, and a mentor in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.