Life Writes Board of Directors: Meet Michael DeBakey

Michael DeBakey recently joined the Life Writes Board of Directors after receiving an invitation from Tony Sedun, executive director for the Life Writes Project and good friend of Michael’s. Being in education, Michael is inspired by creativity, and understanding what builds student creativity. He believes the methods we take to foster creative mindsets in the classroom go beyond test scores and collecting data, and rely heavily on technology and the different tools that appeal to children.

Michael has been working in Information Technology for 16 years, spending 12 of those years in K-12 educational technology, as well as managing private IT consulting services. He currently works as the Director of Information Technology at Tulpehocken Area School District in Berks County, PA. Michael earned his B.S. in Computer Science, and M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology from Philadelphia University, where he served as a member of the graduate faculty. In addition, he completed doctoral coursework in Educational Technology Leadership and Policy at the University of Delaware.

Originally from York, PA, Michael moved to Lancaster at the age of 10. Michael was introduced to writing and literature at a young age by his mother, Joan, who worked as a teacher and reading specialist for 35 years, teaching both locally and internationally. First published in the sixth grade, Michael was given a gateway to the publishing world that served as a transformational experience for him, one that benefited him through high school and college.

For Michael, the decision to join the Life Writes team came without difficulty. With his experience in education, the Life Writes Project presented him with the opportunity to bring his educational leadership skills to the table. Michael aspires to see his colleagues venture outside of the comfort zones that the No Child Left Behind Act has set in place, and expand their classrooms to foster effective students, and encourage a creative mindset.

This contribution was made by Christina Ugrovics, senior English: Professional Writing major, French minor at Elizabethtown College, PA.