Consulting and Professional Development Work


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    Speaker at national conferences
    including ASCD and NCTE
  • Independent consultant in schools and districts throughout the US and beyond on a variety of topics such as social and emotional learning, teacher health and balance, and using choice to boost engagement and differentiation
  • Classroom coach for both beginning and experienced educators
  • ASCD Whole Child Approach advisor
  • Formerly a Responsive Classroom® consultant, presenter, and lead developer



Professional Accolades





  • Mike is the author of many books about great teaching and learning, including through leading publishers like ASCD and Heinemann.
  • Mike has also written numerous articles about a variety of topics including publications in Educational Leadership and Language Arts.
  • Mike also writes somewhat regular blog posts, including those by grumpy (but wise) Uncle Curmudgeon.



Teaching Experience


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    Classroom teacher
    for 15 years in grades 3-5, continues to hold a NH teaching certification
  • Graduate level instructor through the University of New Hampshire summer literacy institutes
  • Many other roles including both age-group and high school swim coach, preschool teacher, camp counselor, and more. Mike has been working with kids for his entire life!



Personal Life


Mike lives in Durham, NH with his incredible family. His wife, Heather, is also an educator and is now focused on pursuing work as a knitting teacher and designer of knitting. Ethan and Carly are both in middle school and are avid musicians. Together, the family loves to hike and bike, travel to visit family, and spend time with great friends in town.

In addition to his work with education, Mike enjoys swimming, running, and hiking. He also enjoys nature around his house, gardening and landscaping and keeping logs and photos of birds and animals he sees in the yard. He also likes to take on house projects such as building concrete counter tops and replacing windows. A recent hobby is using beach stones to create fun projects such as wine stoppers, coat hooks, and cabinet knobs. Mike is also an avid Red Sox fan, but don’t worry, he’ll still consult in Yankee territory.



Mike is a polished and sincere presenter. His stories of being a classroom teacher resonated with us all. The content supported our goals and aligned with our approach.

Cheryl Whipple Theme Coach

I highly recommend Mike's workshops. As a first-year teacher, I walked away ready to implement small but important changes that I know will boost engagement and learning in my second year of teaching this fall.

Olivia Dhaliwal Math Teacher, Todd County High School, Mission, SD

The Well-Balanced Teacher presentation was excellent. I could relate to Mike's scenarios and I appreciate that. I will buy that book!

Vicki, Teacher,

Mike brought many new concepts to the forefront while touching on many subjects teachers all struggle with.

Anna Benevides Library Media Specialist

Mike not only teaches you how to become a better teacher, he models his own teaching in a way that makes you want to emulate what he does.

Craig LeClaire, Special Education Teacher,

Mike makes you think, choose, create and then reflect in both small and large groups. He teaches you to tweak and refine rather than re-invent everything you do. This process is a multi-faceted tool for your toolbox and is essential for students' life-long learning.

Mary Lu Rich Teacher, Todd County High School, Mission, SD


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