Mr. Dakan



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Mr. Dakan

My name is Michael Dakan and I will be your English teacher this year. I grew up here in Pasadena and attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles.  I graduated from the University of San Francisco, was married in 1990, and we decided to move back down to Pasadena to raise a family.  I received my teacher's credential from Cal State Los Angeles, and a Masters in Educational Administration from Concordia University.  I love teaching, especially high school students who seem to have an enthusiasm for knowledge.  I have taught at an alternative school in East Los Angels before teaching at Eliot for two years.  I have been at Blair since 98.  This is my 19th year here with the VIKINGS.  I have been teaching since 1991. Teaching is never dull.  I enjoy teaching and learning from my students.


I have a large and supportive family living in Pasadena.   I grew up in the neighborhood and had two siblings who attended Blair.   I have one older brother, and two younger sisters.  All of my family lives in Pasadena.  I have a son, Jack, who is 19, a daughter, Sophia, who is 18, and my youngest son William who is twelve! My wife works in the financial industry.


This summer I went to Laguna and Yosemite.  We love to travel.  I enjoy all music, especially acoustic guitar, jazz, and R and B.  We love the outdoors: camping, hiking, fishing, and skiing.  I played water polo and soccer in high school and hope to see a competitive team this year at Blair.  I enjoy a good book.  I also enjoy a good game of pool.  I have also taught summer school the past few years through S.E.P/PFS. at Polytechnic school


There are several areas I had difficulty with in school and hope to get better at now.  I did not like history, and science was tough as well.  I did not learn a language as well as I should have although I speak some Spanish.  Knowing a second language is extremely important considering the multicultural society that we live in.  It is especially important to be able to communicate with all kinds of people.


I look forward to teaching, learning, and working with you this year.  Please do not hesitate to ask questions, see me for help, or just stop by to say hi