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Michael Sahlman

Job Title:

Human Resources Director


Business Office


Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



M.A. Teaching Leadership, St. Mary's College of California; B.S. Business Administration/Human Resource Management, CSU Stanislaus

Originally from:


Why I Teach:

It brings me to joy to support the learning and growth of others.

Most powerful teaching technique:

Promoting academic discussion to foster critical thinking and partnership.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Providing professional development for leaders and managers is critical to creating optimum working environments that support the success of our school community.

Favorite quotes:

"For nothing will be impossible with God." Luke 1:37; "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28; "Together WE can do GREAT things!" St. Teresa of Calcutta; "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

Favorite trivia:

I climbed Mt. Fuji at night on my sisters 45th birthday.
I only wear self tie bow ties.

Recommended visual media:

ABC Nightly News, Prime video & Netflix

Recommended reads:

"Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion" by Gregory Boyle

Hobbies or outside interests:

Being active in my parish and park community, spending time with family and friends, travel

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