Lisa Michael by Traci Turner, Assistant Business Manager
The students of PCS are so happy that Ms. Michael decided to leave her native New York and travel to the other side of the country for grad school. This allowed her to fall in love with California and eventually become part of the wonderful PCS faculty that we have today. She was born in Brooklyn and graduated with a Materials Science Engineering degree from Cornell University. After graduation she decided to get her Master’s degree from Stanford University. Go Cardinal!
After graduating from two very prestigious universities Ms. Michael decided to work in the semiconductor industry in the Silicon Valley area. She held engineering positions at both AMD and Watkins-Johnson as well as a few others. Several years into her Silicon Valley work life she realized that her real passion was teaching. She returned to her alma mater, Stanford, to get her Master’s in Education. Wow, that’s a lot of schooling!
Ms. Michael has taught at several schools in California including Berkeley High School and Gunn High School in Palo Alto. She has also taught adults when she worked as a technical trainer in the computer industry.
What are Ms. Michael’s passions outside of school? She loves to travel and she’s been to Japan three times. She can’t wait to find the time to travel to Spain, New Zealand and Greenland. In addition, she enjoys hanging out with her kids and dogs, eating at both unknown and favorite restaurants (Laili and Evvia), attending farmer’s markets, hiking, reading (mostly) non-fiction books and volunteering in children’s theater. Her current favorite food is the Coastal Kale Salad at New Leaf.
How did Ms. Michael wind up at a small charter school in Santa Cruz? She often drove by the school and liked the vibe she felt coming from the school and its students. In late 2005 she decided to check into employment at PCS and there was an opening! The rest is history, as they say.
Ms. Michael currently teaches both Conceptual and AP Physics classes at PCS. What is one of her many favorite things about PCS? It is seminar and specifically her seminar which is titled “Back to Kindergarten.” She says it’s the antithesis of AP Physics because it’s just plain fun! Oh, and she’s a real estate broker. What an amazing member of the PCS team!