Michael Flynn

Northampton, MA Director of Mathematics Leadership Programs (Formerly SummerMath for Teachers), Professor, and Education Consultant

Michael Flynn is the Director of Mathematics Leadership Programs (fomerly SummerMath for Teachers) at Mount Holyoke College and Lecturer in the Psychology/Education Department. Prior to this work, he was a second grade teacher at the William E. Norris Elementary School in Southampton from 1998-2012 where he established himself as an accomplished teacher and educational leader. He was the 2008 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, a recipient of the 2009 National Education Association/Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is the proud father of four children and is an active member of his community.Over the course of his 14 years of teaching, Mike worked to create classroom environments that were enriching and inclusive. Students in his class engaged in authentic learning experiences throughout the year like raising Atlantic salmon in the classroom to release in a local river or designing rockets launched by air pressure.The highlight of Mike's classroom was “The Flynnsters”, a television show his class produced throughout the year. When they finished a unit of study, the students worked in small groups to develop segments (skits, news reports, interviews, experiments, etc.) highlighting what they had learned. The show was then played throughout the school and shared with families.Mike has established himself as a teacher leader at the state and national level by developing and providing professional development seminars in the areas of mathematics, science, and technology.  He has been a contributing author to many publications for teachers and videos of his classroom teaching are used throughout the country for professional development.  Mike has also published his first children's book: Mutasia: The Wacky World of Figley Finch, The Endless Caverns.  Available at http://www.mutasia.com/shop/the-endless-caverns/ Mike worked with leaders like Senator John Kerry, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, and Governor Deval Patrick to improve the quality of education in Massachusetts and the United States. He was the only teacher to serve on Governor Patrick’s Readiness Council, a blue-ribbon panel charged with drafting the next round of education reform in the state. He also served on the Governor’s Finance Commission, rethinking how the state currently funds public education.In 2009, Mike took a sabbatical from the classroom to work as the Teacher in Residence at Westfield State College.  In this capacity he was a full time professor in the education department teaching courses, supervising student teachers, and consulting with the faculty in the department.    As an active member of his community, Mike served as an elected member of the school board in Northampton for 8 years. He was a Recreation Commissioner overseeing Northampton’s Recreation Department. He was also a board member for the Northampton Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money and awards grants to teachers in the Northampton Public Schools.To see the video Mike’s students made about him to show during the NEA Awards Gala, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhnKCct1PZQ