Michael is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in the Southern Lehigh School District. Prior to this role, Michael served as Vice President of Professional Services for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Director of Professional Development for Discovery Education. In both of those positions, Michael collaborated with schools and districts across the nation on the design, implementation and assessment of professional learning intended to support teachers and leaders with programs designed to support student success and digital transformations. He worked in Chicago Public Schools, The School District of Philadelphia, Santa Rosa County Schools, Wake County Public Schools, Jersey City Public Schools, Asbury Park School District, Norfolk Public Schools and Norwalk Public Schools. Michael also proudly served as the Superintendent of the Salisbury Township School District and as a Teacher, Middle School Principal, Director of Curriculum, and Assistant Superintendent in the Nazareth Area School District.
Throughout his career, Michael has been integral in the successful design and implementation of innovative and thoughtful programs to leverage teacher leadership, technology, data, and stakeholder engagement. Districts for which he has provided leadership have been recognized as Apple Distinguished Programs, Project RED Signature Districts, AP College Board Honor Roll, a USA Business Review innovative practices organization, and LEED Certified for building programs. Michael has facilitated leadership retreats for his own and other school districts, Lehigh University School Study Council visitations by Kuwaiti School Principals, and regional summits and learning opportunities for teachers and administrators.
Michael received a BA in History with a minor in Management from Moravian College, along with his Secondary Social Studies Certification. After earning an MS and principal certification from Wilkes University, he pursued his Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Lehigh University. Michael earned his Ed.D. in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, where his defense of his dissertation Superintendent Use of Twitter: Learning, Leading and Leveraging through Social Media was recognized with distinction. In addition to teaching and providing program design assistance for Moravian College and Delaware Valley University Graduate Education Programs, Michael has also consulted with Dr. Derrick Gay to support his transformational work on diversity, equity and inclusion.