In education, there are all kinds of areas that need to be covered in training. As a former special education teacher and as a “recovering” administrator I know that professional development time is limited and precious. You need to make sure your money and your time is spent wisely.I have sat through more BAD training sessions than I care to count or remember. However, those bad trainings and the good trainings that I sat through taught me a lot.Having trained thousands and thousands of professionals, I have learned what works, what doesn’t and what is the most important to your staff.

Mike is a very engaging speaker who brings humor into speaking about working with fathers. The Strong Fathers program has changed our entire approach to father and parent engagement.
— Chrystal Wilkie, Family and Community Partnership Advisor | Minnesota Valley Action Council, Inc.



An Understanding of Your Goals

Our job is to help your organization reach your specific goals, not cram a canned speech down the throat of your team. The greatest compliment that we get is “You really get it.”

A Personalized Training for Your Organization

I am an educator and a parent. I am good at what I do, I bring an expertise based on LOTS of experience but I am not anymore important than any one team member. I am blessed to get to work with so many people in the trenches and I like to roll up my sleeves and get with the people instead of stand on some pedestal. I can speak with authority but that authority comes from having done the same kind of work as your staff with the same types of challenges.

REAL-LIFE Experience

I personally facilitate over 100 parent engagement programs per year. The expertise that I bring to the table is not based on what I USED to do. It is based on what I JUST did. I have seen almost every barrier and opportunity for parent engagement but by doing it every week, I stay current on what has worked and what is coming in our future for parents.

Interaction not an Interruption

My job is to keep your staff from thinking they have better things to do. It is our goal to provide the best training your staff has ever experienced on any subject. I will use a few slides but I do not believe in “Death by Powerpoint”. Strong Fathers training is famous for being interactive and full of humor as well. Education is a serious business but it is also a funny business. People need to move, talk, and laugh for a good training to take place and we always ensure plenty of each in a full or half day training.

The training was AMAZING...I now look at parenting with new insight. Michael gave us strong, powerful, and motivating ideas and tools for all to use. I am so excited to share this information and experience with my family as well as my classroom parents. Outstanding choice of training from management.
— Deanna


I have been blessed to speak at many great conferences. In breakout sessions and as a keynote speaker I have been able to speak at some of the top education conferences in the nation.

Here is just a sample of some of the conferences where I have presented or provided a keynote address:


National Title I Conference

National Head Start Association Annual Conference

NHSA Annual Parent Conference (English and Spanish)

National PTA Convention

National Zero to Three Conference

National Family and Community Engagement Conference

Texas Association of School Boards Summer Leadership Institute

Texas Association of School Administrators Annual Conference

Texas Parent Involvement Conference

Region II Head Start Annual Conference-St. Thomas


I have been a public speaker for forty years (yes, I started young). I have worked to keep my training as personal and down to earth however, I know that keynotes need to be succinct, specific, and focused. I have employed speaking coaches, I have studied some of the best speakers in the country, and continue to hone my craft to deliver the best presentations built for your audience. I was even able to provide a TEDx talk for my alma mater recently.

Keynote Sessions

Mike told me if I followed his plan that we could get the dads to our event. I followed his plan and we got even more than he said we would.

The teachers told me, “Dads don’t come to our school...until they heard Mike once. Now they come any time I call them.”
— Andrew Peters | Superintendent, Marfa ISD