Revealing the Heart to Breakthrough to the Unreachable Student

Basil Marin's story of struggle to success will inspire every teacher to reach the unreachable student. He is now an assistant principal and spreading the word of what happens when a teacher believes in the unreachable child. We all have unreachable stars in our classroom if we'll just look for them.

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Basil Marin

Assistant Principal

Basil Marin Ed.S., is an Assistant Principal with Portsmouth Public Schools in Portsmouth, Virginia. He specializes in educational leadership, team coaching, staff development and
special education development. His primary areas of concentration include teacher development, growth mindset development, interviews, building positive relationships with students, and creating the platform for continuous professional development.

Mr. Marin is an experienced educator having worked in education as a teacher and administrator with students in the elementary, middle, and high school settings. He has extensive experience working with diverse student populations, including students with special needs and those in alternative education. He has supervised instruction in the areas of fine and performing arts, special education, and English.

Currently, he provides training and professional development to new teachers and veteran teachers alike on a variety of topics including establishing effective instruction, increasing student achievement, incorporating formative assessment, and building and maintaining successful student relationships.

Mr. Marin believes wholeheartedly that he was placed on this earth to help at-risk youth who have the mentality that they will never amount to anything. Too easily our underserved youth believe the societal lies that they will never be successful or have a good education. Mr. Marin also believes all students are capable of learning and all students have the right to an equitable education.

Mr. Marin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Mennonite University, and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Liberty University. Mr. Marin also holds an Educational Specialist degree in PK-12 Administration and Supervision from Old Dominion University. Additionally, Mr. Marin is currently enrolled in the Executive Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership at Old Dominion University.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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