The improvement to my own life from education has been undeniable so I wish to give back to the next generation in the same ways my teachers gave to me.”

Michael’s Story

Teaching Discipline

Mathematics

Why Mathematics

“Teaching math and computer science is not about sharing facts but rather using logic to build knowledge and make informed decisions. This is a skill that will improve every aspect of students’ lives.”

Professional Experience

As an undergraduate student, Michael spent one semester working as a Software Developer for ArchVision, Inc. For three semesters, he served as a Teaching Assistant for the university’s Intro to Computer Programming course.

As a Teach For America Amgen Fellow, Michael completed the Teach For America summer institute, where he co-taught math to rising sixth graders in the Mississippi Delta for one month. Following graduation, Michael worked as a Firmware Engineer for Lexmark International, Inc.

In this role, he worked on embedded systems on the company’s laser printer products. While at Lexmark, Michael ran exhibits at the Kentucky Science Center’s Engineering Day. He received the Manager’s Appreciation Award from his employer in recognition of his efforts.  

Volunteer Experience

Michael worked as a teacher at the University of Kentucky (UK) See Blue STEM Camp. Additionally, he mentored local elementary school students and UK Honors Program participants.

Hobbies

Michael enjoys programming, playing video games, chess, stand-up comedy, gardening and playing guitar.

Academic Background

  • University of Kentucky (Master of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education)
  • University of Kentucky (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science)