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Hi, I’m Michael, the creator of Edspira.

When I was 17 years old, I lived by myself in a campground.  I experienced physical abuse as a child, such as being knocked unconscious and having my face scarred, so I didn’t have many people in my life who cared about me.  I struggled to get by, living without running water or heat during the winter and eating Spaghetti O’s out of a can.

Sometimes I wondered if my whole life would be like that, just barely making a living and going to bed cold each night.  I dreamed of a better life, and told people I would one day graduate from college.  Unfortunately, people told me that my dream was not realistic.  Some people even said I was a bum and would never amount to anything.

But I didn’t let other people’s opinions bring me down.

I plugged away at my education, attending 3 different community colleges over a period of 8 years.  In 2004 I finally earned an associate’s degree, which was one of the proudest moments of my life.  I was fortunate to meet several inspiring mentors who encouraged me to continue my education, and today I have 7 college degrees – including a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis.

I now teach at the University of Illinois at Chicago and am privileged to have a wonderful wife and 4 playful cats.  But I have not forgotten my roots, and want to ensure that all people have access to a high-quality business education.  This is why I created the Edspira video tutorials, the Scheme podcast, and my email newsletter.  Education changed my life, and I want to use whatever time I have left to change the lives of others.

I want to make sure you get the chance to achieve your dreams.  No matter where you were born, no matter how much money your parents made, no matter what your gender, race, or ethnicity, I believe in you, and want to see you do great things with your life.

You can contact me anytime by clicking here.

Family Forward produced the film “Michael’s Story” to inspire abused and neglected children to believe they too can be successful.  Click on the video to check it out!

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Why am I giving all this away?!?
Because education changed my life.
I’m an award-winning university professor who came from humble beginnings.  Homeless at the age of seventeen, I dreamed of one day going to college.  I was fortunate to achieve my dream, obtaining my PhD from Washington University in St. Louis and becoming a licensed CPA.  I’m privileged to have a nice home, plenty of food, and an amazing spouse.  Thus, I’ve dedicated my life to making education more accessible and helping others achieve their dreams.