“The last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor Frankl
Supporting others on their journey–personal and professional–is Michael’s passion. He is a certified professional coach after completing hundreds of hours of training through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). As a coach with Coaching@Altitude, Michael has coached Assistant Heads of School, Directors of Admission, Department heads, and Chief Operating Officers, to name a few.
Originally from New Jersey, Michael graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a BA in Secondary Education and Social Sciences. He then headed west to Northern New Mexico to begin his teaching career, spending the first ten years in both public and private schools. Michael was hired by Santa Fe Prep as the founding Director of the Breakthrough Santa Fe program in 2003. Across the next fifteen years, Michael served Prep as Breakthrough Director, Director of Admissions, US History and New Mexico History Teacher, Advisor, and Coach. He received a Masters Degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College of Santa Fe in 2009.
In 2018, Michael launched a new phase of his life and career, moving close to relatives in Cali, Colombia, and starting a travel company for Americans interested in visiting Colombia, Todo Bien Colombia. When he is not supporting others on their own journeys; Michael can be found enjoying time with family, struggling with Spanish, drinking coffee, and traveling throughout the inspiring country of Colombia.