Michael Hodge has somewhat of an unexpected background. He grew up practicing martial arts and excelling in writing as a child. At age 14 he began to teach martial arts to kids; and did so for 8 years - becoming recognized as one of the nation's top children's martial arts instructors. Michael is also a celebrated elementary school public speaker; having done presentations for over 40,000 children since 2009. He commonly speaks about goal setting, as it is a common theme in his life; along with the importance of reading together, and the power of becoming bilingual.
By working with hundreds of Latino families at his Texas-based martial arts academy, he was able to gain a true perspective on how bilingual education impacts childrens' lives. This also led him to learning Spanish as an adult, which he states, "is much more challenging than for children, and I will still not refer to myself as a fluent speaker." His life's work is with children, designing purposeful curriculum, and helping others reach their goals