About Michael

Born in Pontiac, Michigan, of Swedish and German ancestry, I lived most of my life in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. I have worked as a translator and editor of the neo-Latin author Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1771), as a computer technician, system administrator, Internet provider, and now as a teacher in the Leeward District of Oʻahu.

I have been married to Lori (also a teacher) since 1999, and we have five adult children living either in Hawaiʻi or Pennsylvania.

I am thankful that I get to live here. I thank the Kānaka Maoli, the indigenous people of this beautiful and wounded country, for making Hawaiʻi what it is, and for preserving and teaching their mele, hula, ʻōlelo, and aloha ʻāina.

I value and advocate a sustainable existence on the only planet we have, and seek both to learn and to teach it. I seek solutions for the challenges to our survival, such as mass extinction, climate change, science denial, denialism and ignorance, whether innocent or motivated. I seek to end corporate and theocratic fascism, the surveillance state, suppression of indigenous peoples, growing economic inequality, endless imperialistic war, unaccountable militarized law enforcement, and the criminalization of poverty, ethnicity, cognitive differences, and dissent.

I have five years of experience as a substitute and contract teacher for the Hawaiʻi Department of Education. I have a Professional Certificate in Special Education from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. I will be highly qualified in mathematics (grades 6-12), general science (6-12), elementary education (K-6), and special education.

I enjoy hiking, biking, music,and gadgets of every kind.



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