At a meeting on May 13th the St. George School Committee unanimously approved the appointment of Michael R. Felton as superintendent of the St. George Municipal School District. The initial term of the agreement is for three years and becomes effective on July 1st, 2015. In making the appointment the committee cited Mike’s experience as a teacher, school administrator and liaison in small coastal school districts.
“Mike was the ideal candidate for St. George,” said Bill Reinhardt, Chairman of the St. George School Committee. “He brings the right temperament, skills, educational philosophy and, most important, experience in creating and managing a community school. “
A magna cum laude graduate of Bowdoin, Mike began his career as an Island Institute teaching fellow at the Vinalhaven School. He spent two years teaching American History to 6th and 7th graders and designed programs to increase post-graduate education for Vinalhaven students. At the Island Institute, Mike was the Education Outreach Officer, where he came to understand the unique attributes, potential, and challenges of island and coastal community schools.
Mike left the Island Institute to return to Vinalhaven where he served for five years as a teacher and School Leader. As School Leader, Mike led the development of a team-based leadership structure that engaged the faculty and staff in a shared decision-making process. This new leadership model increased professional expectations, enhanced school culture and improved student performance.
In 2009, Mike was named a Gates Public Law Scholar and left Vinalhaven to attend law school at the University of Washington. While at law school Mike was an editor of the law review and the lead organizer of a national conference considering equal access to high quality K-12 education for poor students and students of color.
After graduation, Mike returned to Maine where he served for a year as a law clerk to the Honorable Leigh I. Saufley, Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court. Since 2013 Mike has served as the Associate Director of Residential Education at Bowdoin.
A resident of Portland, Mike, his wife, Keely, and their two children, Anya and Isaiah, will be relocating to St. George