Michael had a successful 25 year career as a public and private school educator. In that time Michael served predominantly as a high school math teacher and principal. His most extensive work has been as an alternative high school principal. Michael worked both in the inner city of St. Louis and in the surrounding counties. He has an earned Ph.D. from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in Educational Leadership and Policy Study. Michael is respected for his work with students with emotional disorders and behavior problems. He has co-authored an article on at-risk middle school students and is currently co-authoring a resource book on character education and the new Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice.