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Michael  Hynes

Michael Hynes

Superintendent - K12 Educational Thought Leader


Dr. Michael Hynes works as a Superintendent in New York. He is a Fulbright Specialist and an associate professor of education and leadership at stony Brook University and Long Island University. His mission is to spread the message of the importance of a holistic approach to educating children around the world. He emphasizes the importance of play, recess in schools, mental health and yoga and mindfulness in the classroom. Dr. Hynes is a former assistant superintendent, principal and teacher. Read More >

He's also a TEDx and keynote speaker who is the author of the book Staying Grounded. Dr. Hynes has published numerous articles and has featured on several podcasts related to school leadership and education. Hynes has focused his work on transforming schools by focusing on wellness, which articulated the significance of social, emotional, physical and cognitive development for students. He also develops strategic plans for schools and school districts. Dr. Hynes educates organizations on global school initiatives and universal best practices and has worked with the Finnish school system.

Hynes received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Bethany College and his doctorate in educational administration from Dowling College. He has undergone professional training to integrate organizational learning and school leadership into programs at New York University, Stony Brook University and Harvard University. Dr. Hynes has been awarded the "Friend of Education Award" and the "Distinguished Leadership Award" by Phi Delta Kappa as well as numerous other awards related to leadership. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDx: Why PEAS Are the Key to a Successful Education

Recess: The Fourth R

Mission Recess

Speech Topics

Leadership: Creating a Vision, Mission and Core Value for Your Organization

Purpose of Education and the Importance of Recess/Play: Discussing and Exploring (PEAS) Physical, Emotional, Academic and Social Growth

Maximizing the Talents and Potential of the People/Students you Serve

21st. Century Education: A Look and Discovery of School Systems Around the World

12 Principles for School Leader Effectiveness: The Art & Science of Staying Grounded