Mark Anthony Garrett

Educational speaker Mark Anthony Garrett grew up in the tough inner city of Dayton, Ohio as a foster child and was then later adopted. Throughout his childhood he faced many hardships such as poverty, neglect, homelessness, abandonment and abuse, both physical and sexual. At 14, he lost his adopted mother to cancer, dropped out of school, joined a gang, became addicted to drugs and was in and out of juvenile jail.

Although his surroundings were negative, Mark was encouraged by a Teacher to NEVER GIVE UP on life and to always Strive for Excellence! He knew he had to take destiny into his on hands. After receiving guidance from influential mentors, Mark enrolled in college and majored in wildlife biology and went on to become a two-time U.S. Achievement Academy Award Winner, recipient of the National Collegiate Minority Leadership award and received the highest honors given by his college, which were the President’s and Trustee’s awards. Mark also returned to college and earned a degree in entrepreneurship.

With all of the adversity he faced in life, this experience inspired him to dedicate his life to helping troubled youth and adults overcome the negative challenges within their own lives and discover that they have greatness within them. Mark is extremely passionate about helping raise the mental consciousness of people all across the nation and abroad.

His presentation was truly from the heart and made a tremendous impact on our district! What a day best in-service training day EVER!!

- Patrick E. Colucci.

Superintendent Ashtabula City Schools

He made us laugh, cry and reflect on the true meaning of what we do. He helped us expand our paradigm and understand that excellence is the standard for all we do.

-Judy Hand

Program Manager, University of Alabama

I really believe that teachers are the HEROES of our society


- Arne Duncan

Former US Department of Education Secretary


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