Mr. Michael Criste holds an MBA from UC Riverside, a BFA in English Composition from Cal State Fullerton, and a conservatory diploma in theater from Orange County School of the Arts.
Following college, Michael worked professionally with Actors' Equity Association for seven years, but then returned to school and earned his MBA. He went on to work with LPL Financial, Merrill Lynch, and the Association for Corporate Growth.
Michael has since transitioned to a career in education. He is a certified tutor with multiple companies, for SAT/ACT Test Prep, Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, and English Composition, and holds a CA Secondary Education Teaching Credential in English. “I believe that teaching is the most gratifying career path I can take,” he says. He’s worked as an on-call substitute for Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Orange County School of the Arts, and Capistrano Unified School District, and as a middle school English teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Most recently, Michael has been serving as a high school English teacher for a prestigious charter school in Los Angeles, with the company Alliance College-Ready Public Schools.
“Although I began transitioning to a career in teaching rather late in life, my diverse past has only served to enhance and inform my skills as a mentor and educator,” Michael says. “Happily, I am now dedicated for the next several decades of my life to helping students, and spreading knowledge across all locales and demographics.”
University of California - Riverside
California State University - Fullerton
English Composition & Literature
Khan Academy for Teachers 101