As a teacher at his alma mater, Michael has become a favorite among students – partially because of his special ability to understand them, where they are coming from, and where they have the potential to go.
He remembers graduating from T.C.Williams with dreams of becoming a teacher, and realizing that his parents did not have the money to send him to college. He also remembers what it was like to feel that he was not “good enough” even to attend. The Scholarship Fund offered assistance to Michael to help him reach his goals, and he gained the confidence he needed to fulfill his dreams. “That scholarship made me understand that my community cared, and they wanted me to succeed,” says Michael.
“I love helping students with some of the overwhelming challenges that they can face every day,” he says. Currently serving as the crisis resource teacher in the Secondary Training and Education and Program (STEP), Michael also sponsors the Habesha Student Association. For all of these successes, he found a great deal of inspiration from The Scholarship Fund, which he now serves as a donor and treasurer.
T.C. Williams Class of 1990
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1994
M. Ed., George Mason University, 2005