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Damian Barnes

Job Title:

Journalism Teacher, Academic Support




Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



Graduate of Jesuit High School, Sacramento B.S. Political Science, Minor in Religious Studies, Teaching Credential from Santa Clara University. M.A. in English, The Writer's Craft Program, at Holy Names University

Originally from:

Sacramento, but I have spent the last half of my life in the Bay Area (17 years) and 1 year in Brooklyn, New York.

Why I Teach:

Most powerful teaching technique:

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Being able to communicate effectively and to comprehend the style and content of another's words are the keys to the evolution of human compassion and knowledge.

Favorite quotes:

"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." - King of Salem in the book The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho.

Favorite trivia:

King Kamehameha I, who united the islands of Hawai'I under one rule was born in one of my favorite places on Earth, the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawai'I.

Recommended visual media:

Burmese Harp, a Kon Ichikawa film based on the book Harp of Burma by Michio Takeyama, which is about a japanese soldier in the WWII Burma Campaign, who dons Buddhist robes as a part of a disguise to determine the position of the British.

Recommended reads:

Hobbies or outside interests:

I love to travel and am close to lots of friends and family. I am looking forward to discovering and rediscovering hobbies and interests that I had to put aside for the last two years as I completed my Masters degree.

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