Justin Bayer studied Political Science and Creative Writing at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, earning a Bachelors of Science degree. Upon graduation, Mr. Bayer worked in several different sales and fundraising positions for various non-profit and sales organizations and later worked as a physical education instructor at Brookside Upper Elementary in San Anselmo, CA. During this time, Mr. Bayer also coached basketball at both the high school and college levels. Mr. Bayer has over 15 years of coaching experience, serving as the head basketball coach at Marin Academy in San Rafael and is currently a Men’s College Assistant Basketball Coach at the CSU California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA. In the last 6 years, he has coached his children’s basketball, baseball and softball youth teams.
In his own words:
Some parents measure their child’s growth by notches on a doorframe; however my dad always measured my growth by moving up the basketball rim on the garage. Growing up in Michigan, I fell in love with athletics at an early age. I loved and played many sports, but basketball is a particular favorite. In high school, I was fortunate to be part of a championship basketball team and was an all-state Point Guard. Cal Maritime, where I currently coach, has won the last two California Pacific Conference Championships and has advanced to play in the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament in each of those seasons.
I’m passionate about teaching movement because I thoroughly enjoy being around kids and helping them develop and refine their skills, while gaining confidence and learning about integrity, conflict resolution, and sportsmanship. It’s an absolute joy to see a child expand their boundaries.
Novato Charter School is a special community and I know this firsthand because we’ve been lucky to be parents here for over 7 years. It is a privilege to take on a new role in our community and I feel fortunate to work with our students, the dedicated faculty and staff and the wonderful and caring parents.