Mike Nelson is affectionally known as "Mike The Motivator," he is an Author, Educator, Motivational Speaker and Minister. Growing up in West Philadelphia, Mike was an average student at best. Mike without a doubt hated education because he felt as if the school had no connection to real life. Mike knew that College would allow him to learn a specific skill set he could not learn in West Philly.

So Mike applied and was accepted as an at-risk student because of his low SAT scores into a small private University. Once again, Mike could not find the connection between exams, homework, and projects to reality. This lead to Mike having a 1.9 GPA his first semester and becoming an academic risk student. Mike, with key principles he learned, triumphed and managed to bring his GPA up and graduate in four years

After College Mike worked as an Admissions Counselor, Student Advocate, and
Student Recruiter in the education field for five years. Mike understood many of the challenges students faced and saw his employment in education as a way to assist students who were just like him. Mike started to volunteer at K-12 schools in his local area and inspire students to do better academically and motivate students towards College and Career Readiness. From this point, Mike founded The Student Success Tour- motivational and educational presentations with cutting-edge principles to help students succeed academically and personally.

Today, Mike travels the country helping to set up programs in schools that help close the achievement gap and helps schools with Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports strategies (PBIS) while also speaking at school assemblies. To date, Mike has empowered, motivated and inspired over 100 schools, reaching thousands of students and educators with his programs and message of "School Is The New Cool." In June 2017, Mike received his Master's degree while also publishing his first book for students; The book is entitled Yes, You Can: 7 Keys to Student Success. Mike states that "it is his mission to give students the blueprint to their academic and personal success.

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