Michael plays a critical role to support our emerging efforts to become the “go-to hub” for educators across the country who want to improve equity-centered family engagement at the classroom, school, and district levels. He advises districts and educators outside of Washington, DC on driving family engagement work in their contexts. He is also responsible for identifying and coordinating pipeline channels for leadership development and other engagements outside of DC as well as for supporting Flamboyan’s work to convene family engagement actors to drive toward greater impact.
Education, according to Michael, has the potential to be a way out and a way in – a way out of the historical conditions that have left some communities and neighborhoods in tragic conditions and a way into conversations about reversing racism and socio-economic inequities. Michael’s educational background was built on Counseling Psychology and College Student Personnel Administration. He has spent his career creating clear and accessible pathways to education opportunities for marginalized students and families.
Michael is the dad of an awesome middle school boy and a radiant elementary school girl. His two children empower and inspire him to engage daily with the education system and advocate for our youth. You can also hear Michael talk about issues that get him fired up during his weekly podcast. Connect with Michael on LinkedIn.
What was your favorite subject or course in school? Ms. Ozimina’s Algebra II/Trigonometry class. I heard negative things about the teacher, but she turned out to be amazing. Strict but passionate. Her strict and direct nature was a technique that accompanied a passion for teaching.