Raised in the greater Boston area, Mike earned a degree in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, before working for a major aerospace firm. He left the private sector to join OVS as a computer teacher in 2002. In the past decade, he has developed a project-based curriculum that encourages students to explore and develop problem-solving strategies. Always on the lookout for ways to involve students in technology, Mike has led robotics, STEM, and space exploration programs that have resulted in successful launches of two weather balloons, one that reached more than 100,000 feet into space. Although Mike transitioned to the administrative team in 2015 as the Assistant Head of School, he is still actively involved in the classroom and outdoor education.
When not in the classroom, I can be found
Surfing, sailing, backpacking — either at the beach or in the mountains.
What students call me
Mahon or The Mahon, which plays a lot differently now that I’m the discipline guy.
Most memorable OVS camping experience
Walking all day on the Sisquoc River with eight middle school girls, searching for a rumored secret waterfall that we found actually existed.
Favorite place at the Lower Campus
I miss my lab, but it would have to be the Wolf Den. It’s a cool environment to see students take on a leadership role and solve problems, and see the tech buffs serving their peers by running the sound, lights, and technology for campus events.
One thing students don’t know about me
I had a challenging experience in education. I had a major speech impediment as a child. Actually, I am scared of public speaking — even though I do it all the time.