Mark M. Peyton is senior district biologist at The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (TCNPPID). He has a B.S. and M.S. in education from Chadron State College and an M.S. in biology from University of Nebraska-Kearney. He spent 20 years in the classroom as a high school biology and astronomy teacher before going to work for TCNPPID. Peyton and his wife, Cindy, live in Gothenburg, Neb., and are the proud parents of two boys, Reece, who lives and works in Kearney, and Alex, who is presently deployed in Afghanistan with the Nebraska Agriculture Development Team #3 of the Nebraska National Guard.