About Dr. Mike


Dr. Michael W. Riley, Ph.D., is a renowned educator with over 16 years of experience working with children and youth with special education needs.  He received a Doctorate in Special Education in 2014 from the University of South Florida, a Master of Arts in Exceptional Student Education in 2004 from Nova Southeastern University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education in 2001 form the University of South Florida, and an Associate of Arts in Business Administration in 1999 from Thomas Edison State College.  He is currently teaching a wonderful group of students with severe/profound and multiple disabilities at Dr. John Long Middle School in Wesley Chapel, Florida.  Dr. Mike is also an adjunct instructor with the University of South Florida, preparing tomorrow’s special and general education professionals at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Mike’s has been published in prominent journals in the fields of special education and disabilities studies.  His research interests include parent-school partnerships, technology to support learners with special needs, and teacher education in special education.

Dr. Mike is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer.  His sea duty assignments include USS Independence (CV 62), Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 115 (VAW 115), USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), and Commander SEVENTH Fleet Staff abroad USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) with service ashore throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.  His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2nd award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal (4th award).