Michael La Marr grew up in the Sacramento area and spent his entire professional career in the San Juan Unified School District, a district that he attended for grades 5-12. He even did his student teaching in that district. He has nearly 40 years of experience in education primarily teaching grades 4-6, but he has experience in the lower grades as well. Mr. La Marr taught in two of the district’s three specialized programs: the Fundamental Program and the Rapid Learner Program. He is a GATE certified instructor.

Mr. La Marr’s classes have been featured in The Sacramento Bee multiple times for multi media projects they created as well as Science Nights that his class produced for the community. His class was featured on the KCRA news for its collaboration with a local author and their assistance in writing her book, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. Mr. La Marr was nominated for the following awards during his career:

    •Disney's American Teacher Award for creativity in the classroom

    •Heart of a Hero Community Award, “Knowledge of the Heart” category

    •Hoagies Gifted Educator of the Year

    •Four time nominee for Teacher of the Year for the San Juan School District

    •Spirit of San Juan Award

    •National History Teacher of the Year

Mr. La Marr was awarded the Teacher of the Year award for the 2016 school year. He also was given the Sarah D. Barder Fellowship from the Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University for his work with gifted students. Lastly, he was recognized as a Sacramento Kings Community All-Star for his work with children.

Mr. La Marr currently resides in Sacramento with his wife. Together they have a daughter and two wonderful grandsons. He is now back to teaching as a substitute in the Rapid Learner Program and as a STEM Enrichment educator.

Michael La Marr with his class at Sutter's Mill, Coloma

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