Hi I’m Michael

I'm passionate about many things in my life, but coming up with new ideas and sharing knowledge are both high on my list. That is why I love teaching, and also why I love designing. The only thing more fulfilling than doing those 2 things individually is doing them together. If I can help you out with either one of those things or both, drop me a line and we can chat about it. 

My Objective

With a desire to change the world through design and education, I’m seeking opportunities to utilize my skill set while continually learning new ways to innovate.


  • Grades 6-12 Design Technology certification
  • TEFL/TESOL certification
  • Hospitality training
  • Leadership & management training
  • Guitar lessons
  • Bilingual instruction


  • Adobe Suite
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • WordPress
  • Final Cut Pro
  • AutoCAD/SketchUp
  • Mac & Windows OS


  • HSK level 5 Mandarin certified
  • Photography & videography
  • Product conception and development
  • 3-D printing, scanning, & rendering
  • Logo & graphic design
  • Website/blog production & maintenance

Shanghai United International School

August 8, 2016

2016-2019 / Shanghai, China: Assistant Head of Middle School / Design Technology Teacher. Lead middle school children through a design process where they can make projects anywhere from robots to wind turbines utilizing modern technological processes and equipment.

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Teacher Mike 麦克老师

October 17, 2015

2015-Present: Create and produce weekly video lessons aimed at helping Chinese students improve their language abilities and understand Chinese-American cross cultural relations utilizing YouTube and Chinese social media outlets.  

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Great Useful Stuff

October 1, 2014

2014-2015 / Shanghai, China: Designed several innovative household organization solutions, sourced relevant materials, continually revised company website and e-commerce strategies, produced and launched a YouTube “product how-to” video series.

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William Angliss Institute

September 1, 2011

2011-2016 / Shanghai, China  Provide vocational hospitality training for college students pursuing careers in the tourism industry while maintaining our company’s 98% job placement rate.

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BSK Academy

September 1, 2010

2010-2011 / Shanghai, China: Lead activities and English lessons for primary school students, utilizing games, music and full body response.

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Camp Shamineau East

June 1, 2010

2010 Summer (June-August): Inner Mongolia, China Designed camp activities for youth in a wilderness setting, counseled and lead them on outdoor adventures.

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Minnesota Teen Challenge

September 1, 2009

2009-2010 / Brainerd, MN  Assisted teen and adult men in overcoming life controlling drug and alcohol addictions by addressing their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.

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Hebei Foreign Language College

August 14, 2007

2007-2009 / Qinhuangdao, China Provided English instruction as well as organized a variety of on-campus activities such as English corners, frisbee club, and oral English competitions.

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Heartland Tile & Marble

November 1, 2003

2003-2007 / Brainerd, MN Launched a successful branch of a full service residential/commercial natural stone & tile company. Exceeded all annual sales quotas and built up one of the most recognizable brand names in central Minnesota.

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RTC Industries

June 1, 2003

2003 Summer Intern / Rolling Meadows, IL Created deadline sensitive pre-production ‘point of purchase’ displays for companies such as Nike, Gillette, and Timberland as a model design intern.

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Bemidji State University

May 14, 2003

Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN: Bachelor of Science in Design Technology, Graduated 2003 Magna Cum Laude

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University of Hertfordshire

January 6, 2003

University of Hertfordshire Hatfield, England: Completed 2003 Semester Long Model Design Program

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Brainerd High School

May 31, 1998

Brainerd High School Brainerd, MN: Graduated 1998, completed 5 Advanced Placement classes while maintaining a 3.75GPA

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