Michael Wesley Jr. is a 4th generation educator. Having grown up in a family full of educators he learned early that “Failure is Not an Option!”
He is the eldest son of Rev. Dr. Michael & Mrs. Venita Wesley, both retired educators, and advocates for public education. More than half of his family have served in some capacity of public education & were members of the Alabama Education Association.
A few served as administrators, band & choral directors, central office personnel, building service and maintenance department workers, counselors, bus drivers, teachers, deans of colleges & even professors. I guess, “it’s in his blood!”
Michael was born in Fairfield, Alabama where he was educated in Fairfield, Midfield, and Birmingham Public School Systems.
He had the awesome privilege of observing his father serve as a band director, assistant principal, principal and central office administrator. As a child, he & his brother were afforded numerous opportunities to attend various leadership conferences with both parents while they were active in the Association and its work.
These first-hand experiences greatly influenced his passion, dedication, and love for Public education.
Having served as a lifeguard, Sunday School Teacher & a summer camp counselor in high school, Michael learned early how to actively engage all students in the learning process.
Upon graduation from high school in 1999, Michael enrolled at Tennessee State University where he received a music scholarship and marched in the world famous Aristocrat of Bands. As a sophomore, he became trumpet section leader & a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Incorporated (Psi Phi Chapter).
In 2002, Michael accepted the call to the ministry and transferred from Tennessee State University to Southeastern Bible College. During his first semester of seminary, he received a full band and choir scholarship to attend Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama.
While at Miles College, he actively served on the Student Government Association, UNCF Pre-Alumni Council, NAACP, Chaplain’s Assistant, trumpet section leader, tenor section leader, and as an Ambassador for the College. Michael graduated with honors from Miles College with a dual bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education.
Immediately following graduation he was hired as a 6th Grade Language Arts teacher at Huffman Middle School within the Birmingham City School System under the leadership of Mrs. Marilyn Gibson.
The following year, in 2006, he was hired by Dr. Dot Riley, as a Highly Qualified 3rd Grade Teacher at Trace Crossings Elementary School in the Hoover City School System, one of the top 10 school districts in the State of Alabama. For the past 12 years, he has served at Trace Crossings as a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Teacher.
Mr. Wesley is a Highly Motivated, Success Driven, Educator who loves Motivating, Encouraging, and Inspiring All Students to Be the Best!.
As a lifelong learner, he continued his academic study and professional development as a student at The University of Alabama –Birmingham where he received both his Master’s Degree (2011) & his Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (2016). Currently, he is enrolled as a doctoral student at Samford University pursuing his Ed.D in Educational Leadership. His academic studies, employment with the Hoover City School System, and activism on the local, state, and national level has kept him at the cusp of the latest trends in teaching and learning, educational policy, and leadership development.
As a 2011 Emerging Leaders Graduate, Michael has actively served the Alabama Education Association proudly on the local, state, and national levels in many capacities. Locally, he has served as President & Vice President of the Hoover Education Association, Building Representative (Trace Crossings Elementary), Bell Team Graduate (Hoover AEA). On the state level he has served actively on the AEA Budget Commissions, EPPP Commission, AEA Resolutions Committee, and on the Legislative Contact Team.
Nationally, Michael has served as a representative to the NEA Representative Assembly since 2011. He has served on the NEA Resolutions Committee (5 terms), NEA Resolutions Lifelong Learning Subcommittee Co-Chair (3 terms), participated in the NEA Leadership Conference and the NEA/AFT T.U.R.N. Conference. Additionally, Michael serves as a member of the Association of Classroom Teachers Board of Directors and as a member of the Alabama Education Association Board of Directors (District 6).
He is a member of many civic organizations including The West End Optimist Club, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Incorporated, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated (Alpha Phi), The Miles College Student Advisory Council, The University of Alabama at Birmingham Alumni Association and the Fraternal Order of Masons (True Fellowship #407-A).
Michael is the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Michiah Grace Wesley (5) and McKinliegh Reign Wesley (4), the loves of his life! They both are now in kindergarten and preschool.
Mr. Wesley has also served as Youth Pastor of the Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist for 10 years under the dynamic leadership of his father. Presently he serves as Pastor of the Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, West End- one of the oldest Baptist congregations founded in Birmingham, Alabama. This past year they celebrated 150 Years of Service. His leadership experience, classroom expertise, thirst for learning, knowledge of education policy and genuine love for humanity makes him the prime candidate for the Executive Committee 2018!
Now is the time that we elect a leader who has the knowledge, passion, experience, commitment, and capacity to work in collaboration with all stakeholders for the betterment of Public Education in America.
I believe that the brightest days are ahead for Public Education and the National Education Association. Together we can achieve more! Let’s collectively “Stand Strong for Public Education!” It is with great anticipation that I look forward to talking to, learning from, and collaborating with each of you! May GOD continue to bless, keep and prosper you all is my prayer! I Believe! Do You?
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