Polaris Education - About Us

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Nina Ziskin has more than 30 years of experience teaching and counseling learning disabled and emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in a variety of therapeutic and educational settings. She was the Behavior Specialist for the Oakland Unified School District until 2006. She has a Special Education Credential, a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, and an MA in Educational Psychology from UC Berkeley.
She recently discovered a passion for reading instruction and has added a reading specialist credential to her resume. Additionally, Nina has more than 10 years experience as a professional white-water rafting guide. She recently “ran the (Grand) Canyon” for her 3rd time.

Martín Francisco Muller has worked in the education field for more than 25 years, as a teacher, counselor, and a director of an alternative school for “at-risk” youth. He is a fourth-generation San Franciscan from a proud mixed Latino and Irish heritage. He is also a second-generation educator (on both sides) and was grateful to  complete his father's last term on the Solano County Board of Education. Martin's practical leadership experience and intuitive communicative expertise allow him to connect with a wide range of people. His related leadership, development, and commnunicative certifications and competencies include: Crisis Communication trainer (CPI & PART), Outdoor educator (Outward Bound & National Outdoor Leadership School), Neuro-Linguistic Programming trainer (NLPU), Integral coach (New Ventures West),Yoga teacher (Niroga Institute),native Spanish speaker, decades long student of meditation, and a life-long practice of celebrating the radical humor at the heart of the Big Mystery.


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Education And Guidance Services, Inc.

About Us

POLARIS is a not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1995.  It began by providing a menu of education, training, and direct intervention services to local youth and educators.

It has continued to provide these services, and added integrally informed consultation, and related leadership development and communication programs, for a variety of social benefit agencies, community conscious organizations, and forward leaning individual leaders.

Our Mission

Polaris realizes it's mission by supporting the development of kindred spirits.
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Our Team

Board of Directors:

  Nina Ziskin,
Executive Director

    Martin Francisco Muller,

    Steven Lanum,

Former Attorney, Charles Schwab Corporation, San Francisco.
  Carol Eggers,
Financial Officer

MBA Stanford University, Principal, Eggers & Associates

    Stephan Traiger,

M.A. Education, Tufts University, Teacher in Alameda School District
    Rhonda Jones,


Professional Advisory Board:
Alan Calvin, Ph.D.
Professor and former Dean of Education University of San Francisco. President, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology.
    Harold Kahn, Ed.D

Superintendent Spreckles School

    Mae Lee Billet, Ph.D.

Past-President, California State Psychological Association.

  Eva Vasquez, R.N., M.A.

Child Development Consultant,
California State Department of Education, Retired
    Laura Ziskin

Executive Producer, Sony Studios, Founder SU2C, Honorary

    Ed Bispo, Ed.D. ,





  Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while a great wind 
  is bearing me across the sky. 

                                                                                                                      Ojibwa saying
Phone: 510.295.9740
E-mail: polarised@comcast.net
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