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





  • A bestselling author, Mike is the has written many books about great teaching and learning 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 high school and are involved in all kinds of cool activities. 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 nature around his house–gardening, 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 countertops and replacing windows. His recent hobby is running. He’s working to drop his 5K time and is also enjoying trying half marathons. Mike is also an avid Red Sox fan, but don’t worry, he’ll still consult in Yankee territory.



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

Anna Benevides Library Media Specialist

Mike was obviously very knowledgeable on the subject he presented, fielded questions in a thorough and thoughtful way, was able to give positive suggestions for specific issues, and make it seem less daunting to implement ideas than teachers initially thought.

Pat Shilo Bernardston, MA

Personally, Mike inspired me to vary the choices in my classroom. As a school, he has unified us as a team--all sharing our renewed passion for teaching.

Gillian Andrews 4th Grade Teacher, Deerfield Elementary, Deerfield, MA

This workshop was a fantastic way to be reflective about my current practices and ways that I can make learning as purposeful, engaging, and relevant to ALL of my students. I left the workshop with significantly more tools in the box than I arrived with.

Kristen Sweeney 8th Grade Science Teacher, Portsmouth Middle School, Portsmouth, NH

This workshop was thought-provoking and challenged many of the strategies and theories I have been taught over the years. I'm a new teacher this year, so I really appreciated how this workshop encouraged me to challenge pre-conceived notions and provided me with practical strategies to use and reflect on in my own classroom.

Samantha Goldsmith 4th Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua

This workshop was fantastic! It was engaging and informative. Mike did a great job making it relatable for use in the classroom every day.

Kelly Blier Special Education Paraprofessional


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