Michael is an inspirational, visionary, and empathetic leader who models lifelong learning by serving as a catalyst for innovative learning environments. Experienced in provisioning and leading teams to achieve transformational strategies, Michael leverages his 27+ years of experience in K-12 public schools, business, and higher education roles that have focused on curriculum alignment and development, professional learning design, and digitally enhanced traditional, online and hybrid learning spaces. As a reflective, decisive, and creative individual who frames challenges by asking “what if?” from an inquiry and research-driven perspective, Michael is results-focused through collaboration, teamwork and achieving organizational mission and vision.
Michael served as Superintendent of Schools in Upper Moreland and Salisbury and as Assistant Superintendent in the Southern Lehigh and Nazareth Area School Districts. Michael was 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 proudly began his public education career as a middle school and high school social studies teacher and grew as a leader as a Middle School Principal and Director of Curriculum 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. He was recognized in 2019 with the Service to the Profession Award by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA).
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 at Moravian College and being adjunct faculty, program designer, and a dissertation chair at Delaware Valley University, Michael has also consulted with Dr. Derrick Gay to support his transformational work on diversity, equity and inclusion. He was a founding instructor in the CLIU21 Letter of Eligibility program and volunteered as an Executive Board Member, Co-Chair of the Small Group Presentation Committee for the Annual Conference, and as the Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD).