Humanitarian Awards


Donald C. Weir, Ph.D.

31 Years an an Education and Grants Administrator

Grossmont Union High School District

Biography of Donald C. Weir, Ph.D. by Patti Ligon

Donald C. Weir, Ph.D.

Dr. Don Weir is an instigator. He is never satisfied with status quo when there are improvements to be made, new technologies to be explored, and students to guide and enlighten. He doesn’t accept “no” if the best interest of the student is not being served.

As a teacher, it was my pleasure to teach next door to Don. I observed his remarkable connection and his effective manner to guide students to expand their view and personal expectations. He directed them toward their talents, created a safe environment, and adapted to the special needs of students without drawing attention to their differences.

I first met Don Weir in January 1994 at Monte Vista High School where he was teaching literature and composition. At about the same time, Don was selected to design, oversee the room configurations, research and select appropriate curriculum, software and hardware, and to develop the entire course to meet the District’s technology requirement for graduation. Every student attending Monte Vista was required to take the course.

That was not enough for Don. He also wrote several grant proposals or found funding for the education and cultural benefit of students. He took groups of students to Cuyamaca Community College; to San Francisco to attend the computer trade show MacWorld; crafted an opportunity for his students to participate in CISCO and A+ training; and offered other opportunities not usually afforded high school students.

Additionally, Monte Vista had a Teen Parenting program on campus. This program allowed students to bring their child with them to school, being cared for by licensed professionals while they attended class. Don showed his personal support for this program by spending his prep period with the toddlers, interacting, making breakfast or snacks (he wore the food stains with great pride), and just playing. The smiles of delight were so bright!

He was also an incredible supporter of raising funds for scholarships. He was the impetus, donating time, money services, and raffle items. He planned and hosted events, encouraged others to participate and assisted in the selection of deserving students.

In 1977, Don left the classroom for a position with Information and Technology Services (ITS) at the Grossmont Union HS District Offices. He was the contact person for numerous grant proposals, for training in the use of a new District wide student record system, for E-Rate, and for the development of the Digital High School program, to name just a few. His tenure on ITS was extremely beneficial for the District which led to his position as the primary/principal for grant writing for the District. He has brought millions of dollars to the District for the overall benefit of the students.

Don is high energy, quick-witted, and a conscientious gentleman. He believes in helping others, giving wholeheartedly of himself whether it is his expertise, his intelligence, his time or financial backing. He is not only an educator but also an ambassador. Congratulations to Dr. Don Weir for receiving the 2006 Humanitarian Award!

"I've taken roads that dead ended left and right,
And I've often wondered which road was the right one for me,
I've found that you’ve got to follow your road, follow your road,
And the road that you choose will lead you right down to the sea."
Seawind 1977

Dr. Weir was nominated by:

  • Patti Ligon, Counselor
  • Phoenix High School (Independent Study)
  • Grossmont Union HS District

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