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Mark Squires worked in concrete construction for 20 years before becoming a teacher at Pima High School in Pima, Arizona, where he taught English for 14 years. Currently, he is the principal at Pima Junior High. He has a Bachelors Degree in Education with majors in History and English, and he has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. He has been married to Nanette Haws Squires since 1979.
For much of his life, Squires lived in Mesa, Arizona, a few miles from the Superstition Mountains where he often hiked. He read many of the documentary-style books about the fabled Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine, which eventually led to the writing of the novel The Dutchman.
Before acquiring a permanent teaching job, Squires was a substitute teacher for several school districts, and he met a variety of teachers, some of whom were burnt out and miserable. This spawned the idea of a teacher who hates students, and who is forced to coach a track team with a wild mentally-disabled boy. The result is The Great Teeth of the Young Lions, a novel that confronts the demands of love and the challenges of being a teacher.