Parade Marshals are individuals nominated by the Board of Directors who show passion for their jobs, personify the theme, contribute to the campus and Davis community, and, most of all, are role models for UC Davis students. This year, the Board has selected Ramsey Musallam, a UC Davis graduate who is reevaluating traditional education models and changing student’s lives.
Ramsey Musallam graduated from UC Davis in 1999 with a Bachelors of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Afterwards, he went on to obtain his Masters and Doctorate in Education for the University of San Francisco. His research focuses on using multimedia as a tool to cultivate student curiosity, inquiry and motivation. Musallam delivers educational keynotes and webinars, as well as facilitates workshops for teachers nationally and internationally focusing on the use of technology as a strategic partner in the classroom. He believes the use of multimedia in the classroom creates a learning environment grounded in inquiry fueled by student curiosity. Additionally, Musallam is the host of “Infinite Thinking Machine” an internet TV show dedicated to sharing innovative ideas for teachers and students and was the lead talk in TEDs first PBS TV premiere “TED Talks Education.”
Today, Musallam is a high school science teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco, California. He is the Director of Inquiry and Innovation at Sacred Heart Cathedral and runs invention workshops for elementary and middle school students in the Bay Area. Ramsey Musallam truly lives his Authenticity through his passion for innovative and nontraditional education techniques, as well as his commitment to cultivating and fostering students curiosity in the sciences.