Over the past fifteen years as a teacher and administrator, Michael has worked with a variety of students on topics as diverse as Guatemalan textiles, American nature writing, Permaculture, and Appalachian cooking. He has experience with a wide range of academic skills and ages in a variety of classroom environments as well as guiding experiential education adventures across Guatemala. Most recently, he was the Director of Admissions, Marketing, and Financial Aid at The Grammar School in Putney, Vermont. Before then, he served as Head of School at The Outdoor Academy, a semester school for 10th graders in Pisgah Forest emphasizing community, simple living, and outdoor skills. Michael’s B.A. is in English and Spanish from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and he spent time abroad in London and Mexico during college. His doctoral dissertation explored the emergence of the idea of preserved wilderness in the 19th century and its relationship to early photography. Michael is very happy to live among the streams, forests, and mountains of Western North Carolina with his wife, Susan, a former Outward Bound instructor and accomplished educator, and their children, both Mountain Sun students.