Michael Simkins earned a bachelor’s degree at UC Santa Barbara and master’s and doctorate degrees at UCLA. He has been an elementary schoolteacher, principal, and director of large-scale educational technology projects. In the non-profit world, he served as COO and interim CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. Now a consultant, his current and former clients include the Association of California School Administrators, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, the Federal Communications Commission, Net Texts, SRI International, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Michael edits Tblogical, a monthly blog for school administrators. He is president of the board of directors of San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre, president of the UCLA Alumni Central Coast Network, and secretary-treasurer of the Cabrillo Estates Property Owners Association. In addition, Michael teaches online classes for the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College and workshops for Spokes, San Luis Obispo County’s resource center for nonprofits. He holds Leading Edge certification and is a trainer for both the Administrator and the Blended and Online Learning programs.