Ph.D., M.Ed., Columbia University
M.Ed., Loyola University of Chicago
B.A., St. Norbert College
Dr. Michael Cyrus is a third-generation educator with over twenty years' experience in America and abroad. Mike originally taught Spanish, first at Hinsdale Central High School and later at New Trier High School, the highest performing, regular-admission school in the State of Illinois.
Dr. Cyrus’s first school leadership assignment was at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, a four-time U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School awardee and the birthplace of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) movement. At Stevenson, he served seven years, first as Director of World Languages & ESL and later as Director of Human Resources. In 2007, he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of the Lake Forest (Illinois) elementary and high school districts. Dr. Cyrus was named high school principal of the Thai-Chinese International School in Bangkok in 2011. In 2013, he joined the administrative team of the United Nations International School in Hanoi, Vietnam.
A native of Wisconsin, Mike graduated summa cum laude from St. Norbert College in DePere. He earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and his administrative certification from Loyola University. Mike studied school leadership at Columbia University in New York City, where he earned a second master’s degree and his doctorate. His dissertation (2010) focused on resource use in high-performing schools. Dr. Cyrus holds teaching, administrative and superintendent licensure from the states of Illinois and Virginia. Prior to his career in education, Mike worked as the controller of the Mid-America Committee, an association of international business chief executive officers based in Chicago. Dr. Cyrus is the eldest of five siblings, an avid reader and traveler and a great aficionado of the arts.