Michael is currently working on the InTeGrate project with Dr.
David McConnell and LeeAnna Chapman. He has helped develop observation protocols and tools to characterize the interactions between students and teachers piloting materials developed for the Integrate project. His current research interests are investigating how an instructor's pedagogical beliefs are altered by the process of developing reform-based teaching materials.
Michael received a B.S. in Geology from the University of
Missouri in 2000. After graduating
he entered service in the United States Marine Corps where he served as an
infantry officer for 5 years.
During his service he was deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom. Michael left the Marine Corps after 4 years at the rank of Captain with an honorable discharge. From there Michael went back to the University of Missouri to work on his M.S.
in Geology. During his Masters work he studied fluid inclusions from bedded replacement
fluorite deposits in the Illinois-Kentucky district. His research sought to quantify the concentrations of base metals, timing of mineralization, and the depths of mineralization. He completed his Master in July 2011.
Michael enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and working
out. Michael has a passion civil
service and hopes to continue that through education. Most of all, Michael loves spending
time with his wife Katie, son William, and their two German Shepherds Joe and Bella.