Paul da Silva taught biology at College of Marin for 23 years before retiring in 2020.
Education has been my passion and life’s work. This spring, I retired after 23 years of teaching biology, natural history, environmental science, and environmental landscaping at the College of Marin. I taught in both the transfer and the career education areas on both the Kentfield and Indian Valley campuses. During my tenure, I realized the College of Marin Board was lacking one crucial perspective – that of a professor. The current Board’s lack of this perspective adversely affects students and faculty, because no current trustee has experienced the consequences of board decisions in the classroom, laboratory or field. The entire Marin community will benefit from having a teacher with decades of classroom experience acting as their advocate. I can think of no better way to continue serving students than as a trustee on the College of Marin Board.
As a trustee, I will have four main goals for the College:
- Educational Excellence. Quality educational experiences inspire students to realize their true potential and give them the tools to do so.
- Enhanced Equity. In an era where the effects of inequality are becoming more apparent, every Marin County adult should feel welcome at the College and be able to benefit from the opportunities it offers.
- Environmental Enlightenment. The College must advance environmental literacy and consider the environmental impact of everything we do.
- Economic Efficiency. We must evaluate every expenditure in the College budget by the educational improvements it produces.
I'm proud to be a professor, not a politician. I hope you will join my campaign for College Board so that I can continue serving students and our College of Marin community.
This November, Vote Paul da Silva, the Professor for College of Marin Board of Trustees.