B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, Boston College; M.Ed. in Elementary Education (K-8), Delta State University. Immediately after graduating from Boston College, Michael entered the highly selective Teach For America (TFA) program. Michael taught fourth grade and served as Grade Level Chair at Carver Upper Elementary School in Indianola, MS. Following his two-year commitment at Carver, Michael joined the TFA staff as a Program Director and has served in the Corps Member Advisor and School Director roles at the Houston training institute. Michael reentered the classroom in 2007 as a 5th/6th grade math and social studies teacher at KIPP Delta College Preparatory School in Helena, AR, where his students posted 22% proficiency gains in mathematics over the previous year. Presently, Michael is the Managing Director of Program for TFA in the Mississippi Delta.