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Marc Jackson: It's all about team work

Marc was born in Boston, Massachusetts but has been a resident of the Golden State since he was five. His father served 24 years in the Navy. He grew up in West Covina, Calif., and attended La Verne College on a basketball scholarship.
He is an avid tennis and golf player and very competitive. He received a Masters in Science and Administration from California State University, Fullerton and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne. He has  been married to his wife, Jaki for 37 years and has two children, Courtenay and a son, Colby. He is the superintendent at Silver Valley Unified School District.

Q: Describe a special memory you have of Barstow?
A: A special memory of Barstow and the high desert took place the first year I served as Superintendent at Silver Valley. I was playing tennis at Barstow Community College and could see a lightening storm in the distance toward Fort Irwin. The rain and thunder went on by but never got close to the courts. What a show.

Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: In my free time, I read, play tennis, golf and weight lift at Any Time Fitness on Main Street.

Q: Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you?
A: Most people don’t know that I enjoy reading Edgar Allen Poe. I know he’s considered a dark writer but the Raven is something else.

Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
A: If I could change the world for one second I would encourage people to seek Peace first, distribute wealth more fairly, take care of the planet better, and implement a reasonable gun control policy. What we have now have doesn’t work.

Q: If you could change one thing about Barstow, what would it be?
A: One thing to change in Barstow is to get a superintendent and stay with them.

Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
A: One person in history to sit down and have dinner with would be Peter Drucker. He is the master on economics. I am not sure that he would side with the banks in the last round of non-sense that our country went through.

Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: A person who had a big influence on my life is Terry Krauss, a high school football coach and teacher of mine. At 17, I lost both of my parents to cancer and Terry opened up his life to my brother and I for six months. In that time, we were able to breath, take a step back and get the stuff we needed to move forward in our lives. There is not a day in my life that goes by that I am not thankful to him for what he did.

Q: What talent do you most wish you had?
A: A talent I wish I had would be to be an artist. I can’t draw at all. It’s ugly.

Q: What is your favorite quotation?
A: “Don’t ever judge the size of the mountain that you have to climb because once you climb it, you realize it wasn’t as high as you thought it was. — Dag Hammerschold.

Q: What words of advice do you have for the next generation?
A: Word of advice for the next generation is to embrace the work ethic. You might have to work on Saturday and the first job you get may not provide you with a cell phone.
Q: Tell us about the charities or causes that are close to your heart and why?
A: Close to my heart is how hard today’s kids have to try in order to move ahead. We have over 400 of the richest American billionaires that could do more for their county and our children’s future.

Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?
A: I am proud of how far Silver Valley Unified School District has come in the seven years that I have been Superintendent. First of all, it’s about the teams of people that have made things better. The Board of Education, the teachers, principals, parents and students. Without their effort, our success would be limited.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Gone with the Wind.

Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about living in Barstow?
A: Favorite thing in Barstow is BCC. The tennis courts. And the Barstow City Courts. They are free courts and they are clean.

Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: Best thing about my job is the leadership capacity we have built within the district. Leadership is overflowing from the teachers to the principals and from the classified staff that want to improve our performance. This process has been in spin for six years now and I don’t see it stopping.

Q: What book had a significant impact on you?
A: A significant book that had a great impact on me was the Prophet. Put into simple terms, it taught me that the best things in your life you cannot put into the palm of your hand. That we are visitors here on this planet, renting these bodies that get old and eventually die. Friendships and love never die. Hope lives forever.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: China. Watch out America because the future over there looks pretty good. They want what we have and the Chinese are working hard to get it.

Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in live?
A: I still want to catch a big steelhead. I have a house in Washington and plan to fish a lot when I retire. I plan to land one of these big fish.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat in Barstow?
A: I enjoy eating at the Idle Spurs.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: In 10 years I will be singing Bob Dylan songs on stage.

Q: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: My guilty pleasure is dark chocolate, especially with a dark roasted coffee. You might also supplement the meal with a nice, red wine.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say?
A: I feel very lucky and fortunate to be in this position for so long and to have had the opportunity to serve the communities including, Calico, Daggett, Yermo, Fort Irwin, Newberry and Ludlow. I have the greatest respect for what our men and women do daily in the service to our county. I have worked with four, going on five, commanding generals at Fort Irwin and three Garrison Commanders. It has been a pleasure to work with them. Also, the parents in this district. They are the greatest. The kids are wonderful. I am lucky and I know it.

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