Michael Hill

Michael Hill

Math and Science Teacher, Math Department Chair
Ph.D., Educational Research, University of Virginia
M.S., Natural Resources, University of Missouri
M.S., Textile Technology, Institute of Textile Technology
B.S., Electrical Engineering, West Virginia Institute of Technology
Upper School

Michael Hill is a math and science teacher and the Math Department Chair in the Upper School and has been at CDS since 2020.

Mike has taught math and science at independent schools since 2001. For the seven years before that, he was Senior Engineer, Professor, and then Academic Dean at the Institute of Textile Technology. During his independent school career, Mike has earned four major teaching awards including, in 2016, a Mastership Award for outstanding teaching.

Mike has published numerous technical papers, and has given presentations at national conferences in a vast array of fields, such as the Beltwide Cotton Conference, the National Association of Independent Schools, the North American Agroforestry Conference, and the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists. Since 2015, he has been a very active volunteer with the nonpartisan Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which seeks bipartisan solutions to climate change, and he serves as the Congressional Liaison for NC11 and CCL. He frequently writes op-eds and LTEs on the subject of climate change for the Asheville Citizen-Times and other publications (including, once, in the Wall Street Journal), and he has made seven trips to Washington, DC to lobby members of the U.S. House and Senate for bipartisan climate change legislation.

Mike is known for bringing his passion for the natural world into his classroom, such as beginning class with a “Bird of the Day.” He gets students outside as much as possible to learn more about the amazing environment we are surrounded by. During his time at CDS, Mike has found his students to be deeply curious about the workings of the world.