May New Hires!

Meet our new hires this month:

mike_newMichael Woods


A self-proclaimed jack of all trades, master of none, Mike has curiosity abound. He is always searching for a new challenge or opportunity to learn—which he often finds while raising his four children. Still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up, for now, Mike works with schools serving kids the same age he is at heart. How apropos.

  • A career educator with experience in all facets of education from teaching, to vocational instruction, to communications and marketing.
  • Zipped up: B.S. in Education and M.A. in Counseling and Educational Leadership from University of Akron; licensed in Special Education Administration and as a superintendent
  • A big fan of the underdog and passionate about helping kids
  • Enjoys playing tennis. After a busy day, it always helps to really knock the fuzz off the ball.

In your own words…
I love what I do because: I get the opportunity to be around kids all day and help them learn and grow.
Most embarrassing moment: Running my first marathon with the wrong shoes
Last good book: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Unknown fact: I carried a .45 caliber pistol for two years while serving in the US Navy.


troy_tempTroy Powell


Troy enjoys the simple things in life—his family, his dogs, music, and the outdoors—so much so, he adopted the mantra: “Simplify, simplify, simplify.” He believes we often make life and education more complicated than it needs to be. At its core, education is caring about the students, learning about their needs and aptitudes, and delivering based on this information. In other words; care, learn, deliver. Pure and simple.

  • 9 years of educational experience beginning as a teacher, then school director
  • Graduate from Wright State University and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in educational leadership
  • Troy has spent his entire career in the special education field.
  • Has coached baseball for 10 years using his simple philosophy: “See the ball, hit the ball, catch the ball, throw the ball.”

In your own words…
Why Arbor:
Because Arbor values the educational opportunity of all students, which allows me to work with special needs and at-risk students who are being under-serviced elsewhere.
E-reader or book: Book…I love the feeling of the worn pages of my favorite books.
Dream Jeopardy category: Cincinnati Reds baseball. Go Reds!!
I love what I do because: I get to work with people who make positive changes to the lives of their students everyday.