Tennessee Rural Education Policy Fellow
As the Rural Education Policy Fellow for the Education Trust in Tennessee, Michael analyzes education policy, data, and research to advance student-centered and equity-driven policy focused on rural students in the state of Tennessee. Prior to joining The Education Trust, Michael was a research assistant at the Nebraska Department of Education where he supported research on student voice, teacher pipelines, and civic readiness. A native of Nebraska, Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fort Hays State University. Currently, he is an MPP candidate specializing in K-12 Education Policy at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.
Favorite Sports Team
Being from western Nebraska, I am an avid Denver sports fan, particularly the Nuggets and Broncos.
What drew you to education?
My mother worked as a Teacher’s Aide for 14 years and loved every minute of it. She passed on that passion for education to me, as I have never really wanted to work in anything else.
Marrying my wonderful wife.