Mike officially began his duties as Superintendent on July 1, 2010. He is new to the community as well having spent the previous twelve years in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Mike is married to his wife, Deborah and they have three girls. Their oldest daughter lives and works in the Seattle area, while two younger daughters currently attend Tumwater schools.
Prior to becoming Tumwater Superintendent, Mike served three years as Assistant Superintendent in the Richland School District and five years as Superintendent for the North Franklin School District, which borders Pasco to the North.
Mike earned a B.A. in Education and a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Eastern Washington University. In 1983 he completed a Masters in Secondary Education (Principal Certification) and in 1991 he finished a Masters in School Guidance Counseling. Mike completed the Washington State University Superintendent Certification program in 2002.
He is dedicated to continuous improvement by analyzing district needs, consulting the latest research, setting goals and collaborating with stakeholders. As our world and the challenges that students face constantly evolve, we must change as well. Together we will build on past efforts to improve student success!