Michael Hernandez, M.F.A.
Originally determined to become a filmmaker, Michael quickly realized the power that narrative has to change minds, and the potential it has to make a positive impact on the world. Right out of film school, he took a job teaching journalism and film production, making it his five year plan before he returned to a ‘real job’ in filmmaking. He quickly fell in love with teaching, and embraced the noble work of helping young people find their voice to tell stories that make a difference.
Since taking the leap into education, Michael has become an international speaker, author, and curriculum designer who helps individuals and organizations discover and share authentic stories that matter. He has been featured in Forbes, Edutopia, PBS, NPR, and SXSW EDU.
As a trusted expert, Michael has worked with tech startups, non-profits, and corporations to develop their brand and engage their stakeholders. Clients include Apple, Adobe, Google, and National Geographic. In his Change The Narrative podcast and monthly newsletter, he shares resources and inspiration around innovation, tech, education, and leadership across a wide variety of industries.
Storytelling With Purpose is Michael’s first book in print, which merges his practical experience teaching storytelling with his passion for education as the foundation of civic society. Many of the ideas he presents are born from working with educators and students, including his daughter, Maya, who was his student for four years. (Ask him what THAT was like!)
Michael is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Adobe Education Leader, PBS Digital Innovator, and Lindblad/National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.
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