©2020 by Val Margarit. All Rights Reserved.

Website designed and maintained by Dr. Val Margarit



I believe our colleges and universities should make student learning their top priority. To do that, we need to take teaching seriously.  We need to change how we teach, how students learn, and how we think of the education profession. 


As an educator, I am passionate about inspiring and empowering students to think critically and to pursue lifelong learning in order to achieve full potential. My role as an educator is not to pass information but to teach how to think, to create, to find and to practice knowledge. 


My research on the first generation of college students' persistence and timely college graduation led me to challenge notions of success, holistic education, metacognition-how we learn, access and equity, and examine pedagogical approaches, beliefs systems, and pathways to achieving not only a college education but our highest potential. 


I believe ALL students have the capability to learn but not in the same way.  We need an education system that's inclusive, equitable, accessible, and highly respectable. We need new MINDSETS. 


An education system that prepares students with the skills they need to integrate successfully in the real world. 


An education system that supports and respects the teaching profession and the students.




At 28 years old I went to college and earned three degrees in five years. 


Then at 38 years old I went back to college and earned a doctorate and specialist degrees in education in four years. 


How did I do it? That's my journey of personal transformation toward achieving my highest potential with effort, perseverance, hard work, resilience, commitment and not letting anyone tell me what I could achieve based on who my parents were or where I was born. Instead, I decided to embrace challenges, and write my own story...


And that's why I am passionate about teaching and empowering people to never give up and to work hard for what they want to achieve in life. 






I met Val in my graduate school - she was my MBA professor for leadership. I was so inspired by her energetic, sharp and positive mindset. Coaching with Val has been one of the most powerful experiences of my life. It is not often, in fact sometimes ever, that you can sit down and get completely present with yourself, and have someone be there to LISTEN to everything your thinking and feeling. And then in addition to just listening, help to equip you with the tools that you need to deal with the challenges life throws your way and work out what you really want and need from a situation. Val coached me through two areas of my life - health and fitness and self-discipline, and it was because of her guidance and support that I felt I had the confidence to make the changes and take control. I am now living a healthier ( just ran my first 5K) and more disciplined life that I love and will continue to use what I have learned from my coaching for years to come. ​​

Coaching with Val is a pleasure and a worthwhile investment. 

Pilar F.