Dr. Michael Bautista has 30 years of experience in the educational field. He was the Director of Construction for Flatirons Habitat and now is the Lead Teacher in BVSD Boulder TEC CTE Construction program which he designed. He also had chaired the Hope On-line Learning Academy Charter School Board of Directors. He was a member of the Zikr Dance Board and of the Denver Ballet Theater Board.
As an educator he has developed, started and managed numerous programs and facilities in those 30 years. He held a variety of offices in many different organizations from local to national organizations. He has an undergraduate degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Vocal Music and Opera, a Masters’ degree in Technical Theater and Design, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Fine Arts and 45 hours beyond in Educational Administration that certified him as a Superintendent and Secondary Principal. He has worked at the higher education level, public school level, and freelanced as a theatrical designer and theatrical consultant. He has opened two performing arts centers, started a magnate school and has his own business in theatrical design, photography and consulting. He has done theatrical designs for high schools, Community Theater, regional theater, and regional opera companies. During this time, he designed well over 120 designs in sets, lights and costumes, with a world premiere set design for Opera Colorado, “La Curandera” by Robert Xavier Rodriguez.
During his tenure with the public schools he helped to write curriculum that integrated subject matters across all disciplines. This cross-disciplinary approach to education, catapulted the Denver School of the Arts, a magnate school he supervised to have one of the highest standardized test scores in the school district and the State of Colorado. Having been at the higher education level at the beginning of his career, he worked in developing programs in theater and music with the same idea of integrating disciplines together.
His recent journey to China has brought many of his ideas together and has strengthened the idea that we must now educate students in a variety of manners that will fit to the students learning style.