Mike grew up in Southern California and attended UC San Diego for university. It was there that he fell in love with both San Diego and the woman who would later become his wife. He studied Spanish and Italian in school and spent time abroad studying in Sienna, Italy and traveling extensively throughout Europe. These experiences sparked a desire to learn new languages and build relationships with people from different cultures. After earning a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s in education, Mike worked in outdoor recreation for a few years before accepting a teaching position in Bucaramanga, Colombia. After a year of teaching abroad he returned to California and began working for John Muir Charter Schools. Across his fourteen-year tenure with this school, Mike worked his way up from a part-time teacher to be the Chief Operations Officer and Interim-CEO, developing an extensive understanding of school operations along the way. Mike is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast and enjoys adventuring with his wife and three daughters. He and his family have returned to San Diego after 10 months on the road traveling the United States and “road schooling” the kids. With a lot of enthusiasm, Mike joined the San Diego French-American School team to be part of a multi-lingual, multi-cultural community.