"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming." - Goethe

Professor of Education & Sociology 

I am passionate about transformational education and personal growth. I believe that people are capable of transforming their lives and achieve their highest potential. As educators, we have a responsibility to inspire and empower students, young and old, to always believe in themselves and to never stop learning and growing.  


"Growing up without indoor plumbing in a third world country, Val didn't let her background prevent her from visualizing and dreaming of a better world for herself. As a child, Val was affected by her mother's limited opportunities because she didn't have a chance to get an education. Val decided to change her family's legacy and she became a college student at 28 years old. At 38 she went back and started a doctoral program and four years later she graduated with a doctorate and education specialist in education leadership.


For the past 15 years, Val has served in various capacities from a high school teacher to a college professor, coach, faculty trainer, and department chair. She is passionate about teaching and empowering students to never give up, to work hard and to overcome self-limiting beliefs, and turn pain into purpose. 


"If I could do it, anyone can" - we need to believe in ALL people and give them the tools they need to transform their lives and become independent thinkers and lead successful, happy and healthy lives.


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"Individual transformation is the solution to all human problems." 

Faculty Training & Webinars


Successful faculty are MADE not born. 



They see potential in every person.


Imagine getting up every morning excited to start your day, teaching and empowering your students to control their learning and become tomorrow's leaders.  


It is possible? YES. 


I will show you how.  

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"To reach your greatest potential you'll have to fight your greatest fears."


I love to speak and work with students and faculty because they allow me to share my passion for teaching and to help them see how rewarding and fun it can be to take teaching seriously. If you're looking for a keynote speaker to inspire and motivate your students and faculty or someone to lead workshops on teaching and student success please get in touch.

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"Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very importnat for good health." - Dalai Lama

Mindfulness Meditation 

& Holistic Education 

I am committed to living a holistic lifestyle. I show up every day, I do meaningful work that makes a difference, I care for my body, mind/brain, heart, and always seek to learn and improve.  


I also share my love for meditation and wellness with my students. I begin each class with a few minutes of meditation to set the tone for an educational transformative experience. The results have been ...transformative. 






Dr. Val Margarit is an educational leader, faculty trainer, speaker, and author.  Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience/neuroplasticity, education, and social behavior. She has won numerous teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year, and the Free to Choose Excellence in Education award. She created a massive open online course The Complete GuideAchieving Success in College and Beyond and has been teaching and training online for the past 10 years. Her books include the best-selling “Why Not You? How to Become an Empowered Woman and The Successful Student Mindset



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