About Michael Dougherty
Michael comes to MMS as a sixth-year principal with 10 years in total as a school site administrator, most recently at Pajaro Valley Unified School District, and Ralston Middle School in the Belmont Redwood Shores Elementary School District. Prior to being an administrator, Michael was a math teacher at Stone Valley Middle School in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, serving as a Math department chairperson, District middle school math leader, and after-school sports coach for flag football, basketball, and volleyball.
Michael has experience in diverse community settings, working collaboratively with his staff to ensure that all students have access to high-quality education. He shares that he believes all students need a nurturing and stimulating environment where they feel safe and cared for by the adults around them. By creating this environment, Michael sees students grow academically, socially, and emotionally, and ensures students have opportunities for equitable learning. While leading Ralston Middle School, Michael and his staff were recognized as a California Distinguished School twice in a five-year period.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, both from California State University at Hayward.