A native of the United Kingdom, Mick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Analytical Science from Loughborough University in England, a PGCE (MAT equivalent) from the same institution, and a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College. He was selected by the Fulbright Scholarship program and participated in their Teacher Exchange program, and after being recognized as a National Teacher of Excellence in the UK, he completed the National Association of Independent Schools Edward E. Ford Fellowship for Aspiring Heads in 2006. Mick served as the Upper School Director and an Upper School science teacher at Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 11 years before joining Allendale Columbia as the Head of School in 2012. Prior to becoming an administrator, Mick was a physics and chemistry teacher for students in grades 6-12.

What do you like most about your job?
Working with young people is challenging and inspiring. Each day is full of possibilities, and no two days are ever the same. I feel lucky to be involved in work that helps to shape lives and develop people.

What’s the best part about working at Allendale Columbia?
It is a true community with a great deal of care and compassion for others. At the same time, it’s inspiring to be working with teachers and students who are excited about the changes that are happening in education.

Share a fun or interesting fact about yourself.
I was an industrial chemist at the Raleigh Bicycle Factory in Nottingham, England (a place where seven people in my family have also worked!).