CTL Associate Director
Office: 040 - Lower Level, James B. Duke Library
Mike began his teaching and coaching (cross country and baseball) career in 1993 and was subsequently selected into the NASA Classroom of the Future’s Master Teacher Cadre for his innovative physics/chemistry teaching and effective use of technology. He was also proud to be named Teacher of the Year for the Asheboro City School District in North Carolina in 1998.
Graduating from Furman with a chemistry degree, Mike continued his graduate studies (M.A.Ed.) at Wake Forest University focusing on the impact of user control and interface design on learning. His experience includes building data driven websites and portals at corporate and university levels, along with managing teams and projects. Mike received his Java Programmer Certification in 2001, but he is starting to work with PHP, Python, and R.
Mike enjoyed GIS project work and a mapping trip to Costa Rica so much that he completed a second master's degree in GIS through Penn State University.
In 2015 Mike co-taught a May Experience course with called Fly Fishing and River Conservation with Doug Koppang ('76) and Anna Riethman ('15). In May 2016 Mike team-taught a course with Matt Cohen (EES), in which 8 students, members of the New Washington Heights community, and Greenville County envisioned possibilities for a 27-acre recreational space. There were maps.
Mike recently worked with Diane Boyd and Drew Woten on a web-based GIS project to map and analyze Hurricane Katrina commemorations and is continuing a project in his GIS class (a collaborative initiative with Furman's Physics Department) in an effort to improve local streetlighting.
His favorite pastime is hanging out with his wife and daughters. He also enjoys trail running and discovering new music and recently started playing the bass guitar.
Mike also authors an ed tech blog.