Mike is an experienced school principal with a demonstrated history of success in educating and changing children’s lives. He has 35 years of leadership experience in private and charter schools in Colorado and California. His two Colorado Charter schools were Colorado Schools of Excellence every year for the last 25 years. That ranks Mike’s schools in the top 8% of the 1,725 schools in Colorado.  In his principal roles at his K-8 schools, he guided the admissions departments for admissions to his own schools and guided the leaders of his schools on preparing their 8th graders for high school admissions.

Mike helped change the face of education in Colorado by founding one of the first charter schools in the state. He helped found the Colorado League of Charter Schools serving as Treasurer and Board Member for 12 years. 

Mike has assisted many of the 250 independent charter schools in a consulting role, helping leaders and Boards in their strategic planning and overall development and success.

Mike is Firat Education’s PreK through 12th grade School Placement Consultant and co-author of The Firat Guide for Early Childhood, Lower School, and Middle School.

Mike helps families find the right fit schools in Houston for their children.

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MA, Educational and Business Administration
University of California Riverside & UCLA – A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management

This coursework in Education and Business Administration prepared Mike to open and operate successful independent private schools (and eventually charter schools).

BA, Psychology, Minor in Religious Studies
California State University, Fullerton

Mike is a School Placement Consultant who will:

  • Fully assess your student to identify: Personality traits, academic strengths, learning skills and styles
  • Prepare an individually custom-tailored school placement plan to achieve your desired results
  • Provide personalized school placement and advising services
  • Guide and help you with every step of the private school application process, including essay preparation, interviews, and campus visits.
To get started, please register for an Educational Assessment here.

The Firat Education’s team of standardized test prep tutors can provide test prep for the:

ISEE/HSPT/SSAT for high school or independent 3rd-12th school placement

In alignment with your college and career goals, Mike will identify your standardized test objectives, analyze your current test scores (official scores or Firat Education practice testing) to determine the best test for you, and create a strategy with you to hit Mike score objectives.

To schedule practice testing with Firat Education, please call 713-871-1048 ext. 1 or fill out this form.

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