Erik Mickelson

Biography

Erik Mickelson


 

Site Support Employee of the Year

Teacher on Special Assignment, GATE, AVID,
Career Technical Education/Linked Learning
Palm Springs Unified School District

On any given day as a teacher on multiple special assignments, Erik Mickelson may find himself coaching teachers, presenting to parents, meeting with local business leaders, leading a professional development training, or speaking to students in the AVID program. Erik’s adaptability, professionalism, and commitment to education are on full display each day as he interacts with a broad range of individuals. His role spans the entirety of the district, including leadership of the district’s GATE Program, Linked Learning initiative through Career Technical Education, AVID programs, and more. His desire to ensure equitable participation for students within district programs has led him to develop a strengths-based curriculum, and to identify underrepresented student groups who should be involved in GATE programs. Erik’s colleagues describe his efforts as “a model for all other teachers on special assignment” and having “a clear vision and commitment to service.”