Michael is the Assistant Director of Project Management for the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child Haiti at the University of Notre Dame. His role includes managing the logistical and financial elements of the team's literacy, socioemotional (SEL), and early childhood development (ECD) programs in 270 schools across Haiti; facilitating and strengthening relations between UND, international NGO partners, local implementing partners, and public and private donors; and assisting in the development and coordination of community-driven ECD and positive parenting interventions in northern Haiti.
With over a decade of experience as an educator –language teacher, teacher trainer, and university adviser– in Francophone West Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and the USA, Michael is passionate about language education and acquisition, cross-cultural learning, teacher training, youth and gender development, community engagement, and a whole child approach to education.
His worldview is largely shaped by his background: growing up in the diverse San Francisco Bay Area to immigrant parents from the Philippines who emphasized the importance of receiving a holistic education and using one's skills to contribute to a more equitable world.
Michael is a former Fulbright Fellow in Senegal, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, and a Returned Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Togo. He holds a Master of Education degree —with a focus on foreign language education— from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and French/Francophone Studies with a minor in Asian Pacific American Studies from Loyola Marymount University.