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Marguerite Green

Job Title:

Associate Director of Student Activities




Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



A.A. San Jose City College CPS (Certified Professional Secretary)

Originally from:

Berkeley and proud of it!

Why I Teach:

I am the Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Events Coordinator. I also co-moderate the Black Student Union with my husband Tony Green and moderate Sisters of Success. The most rewarding aspect of my job is the continuous contact with students. Luckily in my position I get to know the students on a different level than the teachers. Our student community is very culturally and economically diverse. As adults on campus it is our responsibility to encourage them to reach outside of their comfort zone and learn from each other and never judge a book by it's cover. The students make me laugh, they teach me patience but most of all they make me proud to say I work at BOD. We have some of the most talented young adults I've ever had the pleasure of meeting on our campus and even those that may test the power of prayer usually end up surprising us with their growth.

Most powerful teaching technique:

Listening! Our students come to the Student Activities department for a wide range of needs, from a new ID card to talking through a problem or concern and they need an adult to just listen. Adults sometimes assume teenagers need the benefit of our wisdom, but if we just listen then talk it makes for a better learning experience or conversation on both sides of the aisle.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Student activities is important because we round out the edges. Those students who are very focused in the classroom need the outlet of clubs and sports to give them the opportunity to flex their muscles in a different way. We also acknowledge those students that may not be the A student can find their niche and realize there is more than one way to excel in school. Student activities also shows many students how to balance a rigorous academic schedule along with a busy extra-curricular schedule and make it work to their advantage.

Favorite quotes:

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou<br /><br />Women speak two languages - one of which is verbal. - William Shakespeare<br /><br />When looking around doesn't bring the answer, try looking up.<br /><br />Where you are is not where you are going! - T.D. Jakes<br /><br />Strength and Wisdom are not opposing values. - Bill Clinton<br /><br />First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win... -Ghandi<br /><br />A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.<br /><br />They are NOT HOT FLASHES...They are POWER SURGES!

Favorite trivia:

On November 15, 1886, Cathay Williams became the first African American female to enlist and serve in the United States Army. Cathay Williams had to pretend to be a man to enlist into the United States Army. She went by the name of William Cathay while enlisted<br /><br />Who was the first African American to successfully perform open heart surgery? Daniel Hale Williams in 1893.<br /><br />Who was the first African American female to be voted "Female Athlete of the Year" by the Associated Press? Althea Gibson in 1957 and 1958.

Recommended visual media:

Imitation of Life - If you ever need a good cry, rent this movie. It is a portrayal of life that many are not aware of or won't admit to.

Recommended reads:

Anything written by Zora Neal Hurston, Mary B. Morrison, E. Lynn Harris and Charles Chestnutt (thank you Mr. Burns. )

Hobbies or outside interests:

My hobby has turned into a small business, I am a crochet artisan, don't be surprised if you see me at local festivals. It is my therapy.

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