Michael Dunlea became a teacher to make students feel valued, become empowered and live extraordinary lives.

This is his 18th year and he teaches 3rd grade in Tabernacle, NJ. Michael received the 2018 Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and is a 2020 Global Teacher Prize Top 50 Finalist. Michael has served as an advisor to the NJ Department of Education. He is on the New Jersey Education Association’s state Elections Committee and serves as an NJEA state delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly. Michael is the 2020 Burlington County Teacher of the Year and is a NJ State Teacher of the Year Finalist for the 2nd time in his career.

Michael founded the non-profit Stafford Teachers And Residents Together (START), when Hurricane Sandy hit where he lives with his wife and his 3 children. He was President of Alliance for a LIving Ocean, ALO from 2012-2019