Michael joined the LANL Foundation in 2019 as Education Enrichment Director. In that role, Michael manages the operations and growth of K–12 programming at the LANL Foundation. He is responsible for overseeing the direction of the Inquiry Science Education Consortium (ISEC) program, which currently provides science kits to classrooms throughout districts in Northern New Mexico, as well as various other programs that support educators, such as the Foundation’s National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) program, Social Emotional Learning, and STEM opportunities.
After working as a journalist and community organizer, Michael has been in education for a decade as a teacher and as a school founder and leader. Most recently, he worked with Santa Clara Pueblo to determine a community vision for education and open Kha’p’o Community School. Michael believes that communities should have a voice in education programs and expected outcomes for children. He values interactive learning opportunities that focus on student critical thinking and problem solving.
Michael holds a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His work there focused on language revitalization opportunities for Native communities in New Mexico. He also holds a master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Houston. He received his BA in Journalism from the University of Maine.
Michael was born in Maine, the youngest of six, and has 14 nieces and nephews. He enjoys hiking and snowshoeing with his two dogs in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.