Meet Mr. La Marr~
 

The 2016-2017 school year will be my 32nd year in teaching and my 24th year of teaching 4th grade. I spent sixteen years at Cowan Fundamental School where I taught sixth grade for five years, fifth grade for three years and fourth grade for eight years. This will be my sixteenth year at Del Paso Manor and all of those years have been in fourth grade, Rapid Learner. I am a product of San Juan Schools and graduated from Del Campo High School. I went to college at CSUS and graduated with honors in 1984. I even did my student teaching in San Juan schools and first worked at DPM in 1984 as a student teacher. I earned my Master's Degree in 2000 in curriculum and instruction, but the program was truly a technology program. I have also earned GATE certification which allows me to teach GATE education. Besides 31 previous school years, I taught summer school for 20 years in grades K-6.

My wife and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary last July. Together, we have a wonderful daughter who graduated from the University of California, San Diego where she majored in sociology and minored in health care social issues. She was just married in October, 2014, and is enjoying life as a newlywed. My wife has earned a graphic arts degree from CSUS and creates great work. When I have time, I love being outside. Hiking just about anywhere and riding my mountain bike on the American River Parkway are two of the best things to do, ever. I enjoy working out and playing football and basketball. I love the 49ers and the San Francisco Giants. Amusement parks, Magic Mountain especially, are the best and riding rollercoasters really fast, upside down and backwards is tons of fun!

 
I have been nominated for San Juan Teacher of the Year three times. In the spring of 2015, I was given the award for the 2015-2016 school year. It is an honor that leaves me in complete awe. I am so proud to represent the amazing teachers in San Juan.

On February 19, 2016, I was given a Sarah D. Barder fellowship from Johns Hopkins University for my work in gifted education. One of my students from the 2015-16 school year nominated me, and I was fortunate enough to be one of ten educators across the country to be given the award. It is an honor that goes beyond words for me.


I was nominated for a Spirit of San Juan Award by a student in the spring of 2016. To know that someone thinks that I demonstrate the ideals of the San Juan School District is truly something I value. Thank you to my great school community!


I was nominated for a Disney Award for Creativity in Education. I was also nominated for a Community of the Heart award, which meant a great deal to me. I was a nominee for Hoagies Gifted Educator of the Year, but they stopped the program before selecting a winner. I've been included in Who's Who in Education in three different editions. My classes have been featured in the Sacramento Bee numerous times for a variety of things. We have had articles written about websites we've made, a technology show we put on, and numerous articles about Science Night. We have also appeared on the San Juan Facebook page for Science Night and our collaboration with a local author. That experience also got us a one minute segment on the KCRA news. My class was once featured in GEMS Network News for walking in a swimming pool of Oobleck



 

Mr. La Marr being recognized as an SJUSD Teacher of the Year
at Raley Field, April 2016. What a FUN night!



 

 Proud Daddy!




Proud Parents

Our UCSD graduate!




The La Marr's in the redwoods





Receiving my Teacher of the Year Award at the Sacramento County Office of Education banquet with Superintendent Kern, my principal Debbie Kraus, and my awesome student presenter, Tanner!

August 2015

I truly enjoy working with gifted students. The day is always entertaining, and one never knows where any topic will lead. I am lucky to be in a situation where my creativity can be put forth in the classroom and I can develop curriculum that is specially fitted to each individual class. I love creating curriculum and then implementing it. It always amazes me what my students can create and the ideas that come forward in room 15 each and every day are those which leave me with a positive feeling about the future. We are developing innovative thinkers at DPM and that is what the 21st Century Skills dictate we do. Teaching in the rapid learner program really is a, "Get them started and then get out of the way" situation. It is outstanding to have the opportunity to work with the leaders of tomorrow.




Receiving the San Juan Teacher of the Year Award with my incredible class

May, 2015



Class of 2015-16 at Westminster Woods