Michael Ricciutti has 20 years of experience in the field of education. He graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Ceramics and Art History. Michael began his professional teaching career in 1995 at the Glen Mills Schools; teaching, coaching, mentoring and counseling youth from all over the country. Michael was instrumental in designing the curriculum to be used by the Art Department and participated in hours of professional development including Norms, Grid, Group Dynamics, and Handle With Care.
After 12 years of loyal service with the Glen Mills Schools, he accepted a position with the Camelot Schools to teach at Daniel Boone School in Philadelphia. It is here where he taught English and Language Arts and honed in on vital techniques surrounding the Teaching and Learning Environment, Classroom Management, Rapport Building Skills, the importance of Lesson Planning and delivery and instruction. Michael began working towards, and later obtained his Masters degree in Education from Cabrini College. He was promoted within the company and took on the role as the Career Technical Education Coordinator. This role allowed him to be at the forefront of an upstart CTE program, with support from the Department of Labor. He managed it from the ground up and was promoted to Team Leader after the vocational program was established and running smoothly.
In 2010 Michael was offered a position with Success Schools as a Program Director. In this role, he was responsible for maintaining fidelity and best practice for the Teaching and Learning Environment in all of the programs that Success Schools managed. Intensive Leadership, Grid Training, Boys Town Safe School Model and Handle With Care trainings were all part of the staff training model that was created to support standardization across campuses. He worked in collaboration with school leaders, teachers, principals, administrators, district administration, and superintendents to ensure that fidelity; compliance, systems and processes were adhered to, met and/or exceeded standards, all with the notion of the “Student First”. Michael provided feedback and concurrent critique to multiple schools in Philadelphia PA, Pittsburgh PA, Harrisburg PA, and York PA and Richmond VA. In 2014 Michael was hired as a Program Director to serve as the point person at Memphis Street Academy Charter School. As a building leader he was directly responsible for the safety and well being of 880 students and 100 staff. He worked in collaboration with the CEO and Principal to ensure the highest quality education and a learning environment conducive to Academic and Social Growth.