Meet Mike Yates, Building the Future of Education

Educator, Public Speaker, Host of the Schoolish Podcast















"Mike is an outstanding educator whose passion is rivaled by none and his enthusiasm for his students is only matched by his desire to bring fresh, new and interactive assignments to the classroom."




-Brett Gray., Digital Transformation Manager

DNV GL



Mike Yates

Co-Founder of Guide, Keynote Speaker & Education Consultant

With more than 10 years of experience, I have seen my fair share of education projects, problems, and possibilities. From creating music and poetry programs in youth detention centers, to creating literacy programs as the United Way's Program Coordinator, to the traditional classroom, it is safe to say that I've done a lot.

Recently I led several programs to create a fresh and innovative model of school with Alpha. I built Guide when it was global life skills platform which helps high school students thrive in the future of work. I built Futurology which was an SEL informed home learning program.

Today, I'm the Senior Managing Director of Network Strategies at the Reinvention Lab powered by Teach for America. There, I'm connecting the folks doing the work of educational reinvention in the world to the power, reach and impact of Teach for America and others in their local areas.



I've worked with and been featured in some pretty cool places!





Tim S., CEO and Co-Founder of Guide

Mike is an alt-ed visionary and adaptive technology expert. I met Mike through the work that I do with Mentors & Mentees, a Guide community, and long story short, we eventually decided to build a company together because of our shared passion for the Future of Work and the Future of Education.

As COO of Guide, Mike leads our team with purpose, enthusiasm, and clarity. His deep background as an educator and entrepreneurial vigor makes him a dynamic business leader and communicator. I often consider him the voice of reason on our team because of his ability to make the complex seem simple.

If you want to understand what the Future of Education looks like and need a juggernaut who can kickstart an alternative education revolution in your district, school, or organization, Mike Yates should be the first person you call.

Brett G., Digital Transformation Manager at DNV GL

Mike is an outstanding educator whose passion is rivaled by none and his enthusiasm for his students is only matched by his desire to bring fresh, new and interactive assignments to the classroom. Mike reached out to me and asked my company to participate in sponsoring a class project on digital transformation. At first, I thought it would be a novel experience but I was absolutely blown away by the work his students brought back to me. They don't make people like Mike often and when you meet one you can't wait to work with them again. I know I'll be looking for another reason to work with Mike again soon!