From 1984 to 2021, I loved my work as a proud California public school educator.  I live in Malibu with my wife Jill. Our two sons are out of the house – Ryan is an attorney in Sacramento and Dawson is a freshman at Colorado School of Mines. I most recently worked as the Superintendent of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, but I’ve also worked as a principal and a high school history teacher. I love talking, writing, and thinking about parenting, public education, family, all things California and Arkansas, bicycling, swimming, cooking, bbq smoking, golf, Evernote, and Big Green Eggs.

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  1. Mike, You hit the nail on the head for me this morning: “Life is better lived when we are living to get better.” Thank you, brother!

    1. Thanks, Pat. This will sound wrong, but I love that line too! I even looked it up on Google to make sure I wasn’t remembering it from something I read. I’m glad it hit home for you.

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