Author Archives: Travis

About Travis

Head of School, Marin Academy.

The Presidential Election, National Discourse, and Marin Academy

I wanted to share comments very similar to the ones that I expressed  to students during a recent assembly. Although this may be unconventional and outside of the realm of typical engagement of a Head of School, I felt it was … Continue reading

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Appreciating those with 15, 20 & 35 years of service

15 years of service Randi Bakken For Randi Bakken there have been more than name changes over the last 15 years. She has touched almost every part of the school. Teacher extraordinaire, volleyball coach, science department chair, and outings. She … Continue reading

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Appreciating those with 10 years of service

Jamie Collie Here are some of the most obvious things to note about Jamie. At 6’5” he is the tallest person on campus. In his early years, many of us noted the ubiquitous presence of his small brown pad on … Continue reading

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Appreciating Faculty & Staff

Every year around the December holidays, the MA faculty and staff gather to not only celebrate the holiday season but also appreciate those who have worked for the school for 5, 10, 15 and sometimes even 35 years. Seeing how much of … Continue reading

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Navigating the Complexities of Parenthood

Based on statistics from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 4,358 people under the age of 21 die of alcohol related incidents every year. In 2008 alone, more than 190,000 people under the age of 21 visited an … Continue reading

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Some time to do nothing

Every year at this time of the year, I am confounded by how quickly time can pass. No matter your celebrations, December marks a 50% completion of the school year we’re engaged in. Looking out my window with the rain … Continue reading

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Making successful students and people

A lot of parents often ask me how to create reflective, self-disciplined and resourceful kids who know when to ask for help. What parents are really asking is, “What makes a kid successful?” I think the keys to success transcend … Continue reading

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