Meet Regional Coordinator Don Mar

Spring 2009 | | May 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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After retiring as an elementary principal in 1994, Don Mar has continued to share his experience with educators in a variety of ways. He joined the GEAR UP team as a Regional Coordinator in 2000 and also does coaching of principals through UC Berkeley.His educational credentials include a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Pittsburgh; a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University; and a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon.

As a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh, he was invited to be a Fellow in the Trainer of Teacher Trainers (TTT) program. There he was trained as a "Change Agent" to modify and strengthen attitudes with the belief that strong affects will lead to deep cognitive growth. This quotation from John Gardner expresses his beliefs:

"Meaning is not something you stumble across. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, and out of the things you believe in for which you are willing to sacrifice something. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account."

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