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August 31, 2015 FOCUS: 40 UNDER FORTY

Michael Patrick Lyons

Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) Teacher and Site Coordinator, Worcester Public Schools

Birthplace: Worcester
Residence: Boylston
High school: Tahanto Regional High School
Colleges and degrees earned: Bachelor’s degree, Nichols College; master’s degree, Worcester State University

Career highlights: In March 2011, I was nominated by my students at Worcester Technical High School for the Educator of Distinction Award, presented by the National Association of High School Scholars, which is an organization founded and managed by the Nobel family.

Community involvement: Board memberships on The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, The Emerald Club of Worcester County and The Worcester Public Library Foundation. Memberships on the Committee to Build a Community Playground at Chandler Magnet Elementary School (co-chair), Coats for Kids Committee, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester 125th Anniversary Committee, Guild of St. Agnes 100th Anniversary Committee, Holiday Rock Committee, and the Development Committee and Safe Homes Advisory Board of The Bridge of Central Mass.

Ultimate career goal: To become a district-wide administrator in a public school district.

Non-relative you admire most: U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy

Favorite book: “Back Bay,” by William Martin

Hidden talents: I don’t have a hidden talent. I can’t even yodel.

“By the time I turn 50, I’d like to have accomplished … everything I have ever thought I would have, and be satisfied with what I’ve accomplished.”

Michael Patrick Lyons

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