Director of College Counseling
Leadership and English Instructor
Cross Country & Tennis Coach
Post-Graduate: College Counseling – Rice University & University of Notre Dame
Reading Specialist – Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate: Masters in Reading & Writing – Cardinal Stritch University
Undergraduate: BA – English & Education – Dominican College
Minor – Coaching & History
Mike arrived at ULS in 1990 after 18 years of service at St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, WI. During his tenure at SJMA he taught English, reading, physical education & health and served in college counseling. Teaching, coaching and Athletic Director duties along with other boarding school endeavors made for a most rewarding experience.
What was the reason for the move across Lake Nagawicka to teach here? “The decision to join the ULS family was quite easy. I had been touched by the magic of University Lake School during competitions and various other activities over the course of two decades. When Providence and the position came knocking 24 years ago, our oldest, Brendan, had just reached kindergarten age. My Bride, Laurie, and I viewed our decision as a wonderful professional move, but also one that would gift our children (Brendan ’03, Pete ’06, Brighid ’09 and Quinn ’11) with the world’s greatest educational opportunity.”
Mike’s love of life-long learning was shaped as the third oldest of eleven and was honed in earnest with a BA in English and Education and a minor in history and coaching from Dominican College in 1972. Additional studies led to a Masters in Reading and Writing from Cardinal Stritch University, which was followed by a Reading Specialist certification and college counseling graduate work at Rice University and the University of Notre Dame. During the past two-plus decades, he has taught English 7, 10, 11, & 12 and Leadership 9, 11 & 12. Duties as Director of College Counseling, Athletic Director and coach have also filled his days. Mike’s tenure at ULS has also provided him with the opportunity to visit colleges in 47 of the 50 States and across Canada and other foreign countries.
What makes applying your craft at ULS so special? “One of the great benefits of working in a JK-12 setting is the opportunity to bear witness to the intellectual, social, and emotional growth process of students. I also see the value of wearing many hats in a small school setting. One can clearly sense that what you do inside the classroom has a connection outside of it. There is also a very special energy or effervescence in the learning caused by the synergy of a small, close-knit, academic community. It’s like that special ethos that permeates some of the wonderful small private liberal arts colleges around the country that I have been privileged to visit. I also value the high level of time and talent that so many of our families contribute to our programs, you just don’t see that involvement in a boarding school.”
How might you sum up your four-plus decades in education? “Each year brings about a renewal and a clearer realization of the honorable nature of this calling. In many ways, partaking in the intellectual curiosity and dreams of the students not only keeps me young, but it is like viewing the seasons… They are ever the same, yet never the same.” That’s why I can truly state that I haven’t worked a day in 42 years.