United States of America
- Program Year
- Country of Current Residence
- City/Town of Current Residence
- Current Position
- PhD Student and Research Assistant
- McGill University
Research Assistant, Teaching Artist, School Design Coach
- Education, Entrepreneurship (including social), Music
- English, French
- Interest(s) / Expertise
- arts, education, human rights, music, social entrepreneurship
Michael is dedicated to providing students with an educational experience that supports the development of each person’s unique identity through social justice, community activism, and the arts. As an expert in school design and a teaching artist oriented towards social justice, Michael works to make high schools more relevant to students by centralizing student voice and choice and infusing schools with opportunities for students to change the world.
Michael is currently a PhD student at McGill University’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education, where he is developing a model for culturally relevant comprehensive school reform. He is conducting research on a test case for reform via hip-hop based education in an Anglophone public high school in Montréal. Michael is a member of The Level Heads music group, which has produced four albums and songs topping the charts. Throughout his artistic career, he has performed hundreds of times. In 2016, he graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Masters in the Arts in Education. During this time, he founded a Harvard-sponsored podcast covering the arts in education called “The Palette”. Michael is also a design coach for the Studio 4 Charter Management Organization, a contributor to the Center for Artistry and Scholarship’s education blog.
Michael has a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance, from the University of Minnesota, where he was honored as the valedictorian of his graduating class. Michael has an Ed.M. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, where he was highlighted as a featured speaker in the school’s annual EdTalks forum. Michael is currently a PhD Student at McGill University’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education.
Michael received the 2016 P. Lantz Fellowship for his dedication to the arts in education. He is also a recipient of the 2016 Community Engagement Award for his work in the Montréal public education sector. Michael was recently acknowledged as one of 50 change-makers in the province of Québec by Magazine Urbania, who featured him on the cover of their 2017 Spécial Éxtraordinaire for his innovative work in education in Québec. Michael has three CrossFit personal training certificates and a Wilson Language Training instructor’s certification.