Gavin Lakin

Gavin L.

San Rafael, CA

About Gavin L.

Gavin teaches: Ages 10 to 21
Special needs
Teaching since: September 1986
Last sign in: Within a month


Hello there! I'm Gavin and I've been a teacher, school counselor and educational consultant. I'm also a musician and songwriter, so I connect well with artistic types! I hold a B.A. in Education from The Evergreen State College and a M.A in Counseling from SSU. My credentials are active and current. I consider myself a hybrid and am a good fit for students who need academic and personal advising. I take immense pride in not only guiding students, but inspiring them to being their best selves. A lot of this has to do with being willing to "fail forward" - a more flexible way of learning not just in school, but out there in the world. We're at our best when we learn from being "unsuccessful". Lastly, I love the art of writing and if you struggle in that area, I'm your man. Let me help you find not only your voice, but confidence! When not working, I enjoy time with family and friends, writing songs & music, film, TV, sports, and getting out in nature, especially visits to the coast.

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Educational Consultant

Sep 2014 - Present
Think Marin

What I Offer
Educational Consulting
• Identify & Assess student’s current challenges/impediments to educational success
• Develop, Implement & Support the student’s School Success Plan
• Provide predetermined, ongoing sessions with student and parent(s) to reach success
• Make referrals, give support, and consult with community professionals as needed relevant to either established or a newly identified Learning Differences and/or Differential Diagnoses
• Interface with school professionals as needed including supporting and representing the family with their established IEP or SST
• Provide Direct Consultation to parent(s) only
• Provide emotional support

High School Placement Consulting & Support
• Develop, Implement & Support the student’s High School Admissions Plan
• Provide Consultation on Bay Area Private, Independent & Parochial High Schools
• Provide predetermined, ongoing sessions with student and parent(s) to reach the high school admissions goals
• Provide SSAT Consulting, Support, Referrals & Strategies
• Write Letter of Recommendation to schools on behalf of the student
• Interface with high school admissions Directors as needed

Tutoring Grades 4-6

Career Connections Guidance & Support

Specific Support Program for Musical/Artistic/Creative “non-conforming students”

Leadership Development for students of all ages

Owner & Publisher

Oct 1993 - Present
Every Now & Then Music

Manage and market songs and music of Gavin Lakin to the music industry
Maintain an extensive database of contacts and resources
Collaborate with musicians and co-producers on recording projects
Develop and maintain website
Track royalties through the performing rights society ASCAP
Maintain affiliations with ASCAP, Songwriters Guild of America and NSAI

School Counselor

Aug 2005 - Jun 2013
Brandeis Hillel Day School

Provided direct counseling services to students and their families (K-8)
Directed High School Placement services for eighth grade students and their families
Initiated and managed 5th Grade Leadership program
Developed scope & sequence for a school-wide guidance program
Coordinated and facilitated middle school advisory program
Provided Classroom Guidance school-wide on a variety of counseling topics
Co-coordinated all crisis management and emergency services
Coordinated and facilitated Student Study Team meetings for parents
Consulted with staff regarding students and their families
Served on many interview committees and made several hires in all departments
Chaperoned and assisted with coordination of outdoor education programs (Grades 4-7)
Made referrals to outside professionals for students and families
Mentored new teachers
Played piano accompaniment for 8th grade graduations


Sep 1986 - Jun 1997
Dixie School District

Taught 5th grade, worked with over 500 students and their families
Developed and implemented curriculum in a wide variety of subject areas
Created several original plays and musicals with students
Facilitated parent conferences, staff meetings, served on leadership teams and bargaining unit
Developed business partnerships between school and members of the community
Coordinated the district’s Outdoor Education program
Mentored new teachers
Served on interview committees
Participated in and developed staff development workshops
Featured on ABC news television special on education in 1992


M.A. in Counseling

Sep 1995 - May 1998
Sonoma State University

B.A. Education

Sep 1978 - Jun 1981
The Evergreen State College

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Pupil Personnel Services Credential (current through 2018)

Jun 1998
Sonoma State University

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (current and active through 2018)

Jun 1981
The Evergreen State College



ABC TV News Special

Apr 1992


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Oct 1993

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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