Michael’s combined experience includes 7 years with CPS as a high school teacher and an additional 20 years as an adult education teacher and administrator. He taught 5 subjects in ABE/GED® instruction, all levels of ESL, and was an administrator at Adult Education Community Center. He is currently in his 18th year at Albany Park Community Center where he is Senior Director of Adult Education Employment and Training Programs managing over 30 staff members and 12 volunteers and interns, including professional teachers, program managers, programs coordinators, programs assistants, employment specialists, job recruiters, and support staff yearly. He coordinates and ensures quality for 22 on-site and off-site adult education classes (ESL, ABE, ASE, Healthcare Bridge, Childcare Bridge). He coordinates and ensures the quality of 6 different city, state, and federal job placement and training programs. He coordinates, supervises, and ensures the quality of the Volunteer Tutoring and Citizenship programs. He supervises and supports 4 sites running programs and services. He has successfully written, awarded, and managed grants generating over $1,000,000 in funding annually. For over 16 years, he has trained tutors, presenting workshops in math, writing, and ABE/GED® instruction for Literacy Works. He has worked as project consultant for the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition on a technology pilot program, consulting 6 citywide programs. He is currently on the Joint Advisory Council for the Illinois Community College Board. He is also currently on the IACEA Board (The Voice of Adult Education in Illinois State Adult Education Advocate) as the Senior Director of Region 1 in Illinois. He was a Sprint Leader for the Illinois Digital Learning Lab group, where statewide technology integration was increased in adult education. He coordinates and participates in the annual Illinois State Legislative Awareness Day.
Michael helped develop the Illinois common core standards for language arts and created APCC’s ABE Curriculum based on these standards. He is a certified ABE/ASE Adult Education Standards Specialist in Mathematics and certified English as a Second Language Standards Proficient Instructor. He has been presenting at conferences nationally and in Illinois since 2007. His activity ideas for teaching math, financial literacy, job readiness, science, technology, and social studies for both ABE and ESL are in use by many instructors and administrators throughout the U.S. He keeps a Google Docs account where he has shared his ideas with over five hundred instructors throughout the country. He has presented on LINCS. He has presented 50+ times at conferences and educational events, ten of these for the COABE national conference. His article, “From A Site Supervisor’s Desk, Time to Think About Success,” was published in the book, In the Field – A Field Experience Manual for Internship and Service Learning Students by Lisa Hollis-Sawyer, Ph.D.