Michael has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon, and an M.A. in TESOL from Portland State University.
He joined PELA in 2019.
What do you like about working at PELA? "Students from all over the world study at PELA and I get to meet them. PELA has this great atmosphere where people are generally excited about both learning and travel."
What do you do when you are away from school? "I like to spend time with good friends. Sometimes I find long bike rides to explore the area or go for hikes. I also spend a lot of time cooking delicious meals at home."
Why do you like Portland? "My bike is my mode of transportation. I love that Portland is so easy to get around by bike. Portland has this unique big city/small town feel and there’s always something going on. It’s easy to find a fun way to spend time in Portland."
Why do you recommend our school to students? "PELA’s staff is awesome! Our teachers are experienced language educators who love to help students achieve their language goals. Also, we regularly have lots of out-of-school activities for our students to enjoy. After all, part of studying abroad is getting to know the city you’re visiting!"