Michael Kranz grew up in the small Eastern Washington town of Tieton, not far from the intermediate school where he now works. He graduated from Highland High School in 2001 and continued his education at Central Washington University where he received his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Recreational Management.
After working for the Snohomish County Boy's and Girl's Club for nearly a decade, Michael decided he wanted to become a teacher and do some traveling as well. He received his certification from the International TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Academy and moved to South Korea, where he spent two years teaching English to middle- and high-school Korean students. While living there, he met his future wife, who shared his small-town upbringing, having grown up in a rural area of South Africa.
Michael and his wife returned to America and to his hometown where he continued his career in education by joining Altera. He loves his work looks forward every day to improving his community by improving student academic achievement and outcomes in reading, science and math.