Mike is the co-creator of the Young Writers’ Story Deck Writing Program (
explained here). He and Veronica have run the program
for both GATE events and in classrooms. The students love seeing their final story
and illustrations in print at the end of the program! We use
Blurb.com for on-demand printing.
Mike writes technical, marketing, and educational pieces for high tech companies
and school districts. He has written novels, short stories, screen plays and stage
plays. His stage play "Building a Bridge" was produced in the 2008-09 school year
in Petaluma and received rave reviews. See
for more information about the play. His short screenplay "Time Capsule" is slated for
production for some time in 2009 or 2010.
In February 2008, Kansas student and forensics competitor Taylor Montgomery performed
Mike’s piece “Pushed”, placing 2nd out of 40 competitors, and qualifying for State Champs.
Mike's creative writing can be found at
In addition to having a passion for writing, Mike also loves math. He home schools
his son (a 6th grader currently learning Geometry) in the subject. He also creates
web applications (such as worksheet creators), books, games, and other learning devices
to teach math. He is the author of "ACCLAIM: Parents' Guide"
via the Alameda County Office of Education website), which
has also been translated into Spanish, and "ACCLAIM: A guidebook for
secondary (grades 7-12) students and families." He is working on a unique book with
Phil Gonsalves, a coordinator for ACCLAIM, the Alameda County Collaborative for Learning and
Instruction in Mathematics.
Mike has been an active volunteer at several schools. Until recently, he was an active
classroom volunteer, GATE program coordinator, and school site council member at Nordstrom
Elementary School in Morgan Hill, CA. He was also the school's representative to the
Morgan Hill Unified School District's District Advisory Committee. He was also an early
volunteer who helped Rocketship Education launch its
first charter school in downtown San Jose. At Rocketship, Mike was responsible for setting
up the school's first technology infrastructure, selecting e-learning vendors and products,
and implementing leading-edge technology and processes for the school's Learning Lab.
Now a parent in the Mount Diablo Unified School District, Mike intends to continue volunteering
at his children's new schools.
Mike is a 20+ year veteran of the computer software industry, and works as a technology
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