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My name is Mike Nguyen and I was born and raised in Marion, Illinois.  Along with my four older brothers I graduated from Marion High School.

My parents opened and ran Pali Kai Chinese Restaurant from 1980-2018.  Our parents raised us to be hard working, responsible, and determined individuals.  Through their guidance and encouragement my brothers and I all went to Eastern Illinois University where we earned our bachelor's degrees.  I also attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where I received a Master's Degree in Educational Administration.  My ISBE professional edcuator license includes certifications for Business, Marketing, and Computer education, Principalship, and Teacher Evaluation.

My teaching career began at Johnston City High School in the 2011-2012 school year.  While at JCHS I taught business and technology classes as well as serving as a class sponsor and Business Club assistant adviser.  Following the 2013-2014 school year at JCHS I made the transition to Marion High School.

In the 2014-2015 school year I began teaching at Marion High School in the since demolished 1963 building.  Teaching in the building where I received my high school education alongside teachers who once had me as a student was a very exciting experience.

Throughout my time at Marion High School I have been Class of 2016 Sponsor, Class of 2020 Sponsor, CATS Program Coordinator, Yearbook Adviser, Computer Club Sponsor, and have been fortunate to have served on multiple committees serving MHS and the Marion Unit 2 School District.

My educational philosophy is that all students can learn and thrive when given the proper opportunities, tools, and encouragement.  Success is determined by your willingness to learn by doing, learning from others, and by learning through failure.  As a business teacher I find it important to operate my classroom as a business.  Students are expected to be to class on time, prepared, and on task.  My focus is to prepare students for their lives outside of my classroom and after high school no matter where their individual paths may take them.