Michael is lifelong Georgia resident who grew up in a little section Gwinnett County called Hog Mountain. There in his youth, he explored the woods, farms, streams, and gullies around his home. As a Boy Scout, he started his involvement with environmental education. He became an merit badge instructor, taught at summer camps, and became a troop leader teaching to anyone he could reach. After graduating high school, he first went to DeKalb College and then onto the University of Georgia earning a bachelor's degree in Geography. Becoming an educator was by happenstance as he initially wanted to be a city planner. While attending UGA, Michael took an internship with the Gwinnett County Adopt-A-Stream program to learn more about the effects of land use and water quality. That was 20 years ago and he has been involved with environmental education ever since. Michael is the longest serving Adopt-A-Stream trainer in Georgia. He has won several awards from local organizations, the State of Georgia, and at the national level. He now coordinates the DeKalb County Dept. of Watershed Management's environmental education and outreach programs. Michael currently resides in Winder, Georgia with he wife, Val and his two daughters.