The ILR is proud to introduce Mike Carran. He is relatively new to the ILR Board of Directors; however, he has been an Instructor and is now the Chairman of the Curriculum Development Committee. Mike was born in Iowa City, Iowa where he attended high school. From there he went to the University of Texas (El Paso) where he earned a B.S. degree in Education (1966) and a M.A. in English (1969). Mike’s love of the field of education was stimulated by his sixth grade teacher that influenced his college path and his lifelong vocation. He spent four years teaching high school English in El Paso. From there he taught English Composition, American and British Literature and American Short Stories for nine years at Iowa Lakes Community College (Northwest Iowa) where he also served as the President of the Faculty for two years. This experience was followed by 17 years as the School Administrator of the Pasadena Evening School in Houston.
After retirement Mike moved to Arizona (1996) where he taught part-time at the Pima Community College and Pima County Jail. He indicated that the experience of teaching to jail inmates was very rewarding to him. Other than his love for education and teaching, he does find time for wood working, reading and golf. We are fortunate to have Mike Carran in SaddleBrooke and a member of the ILR. Over time he will significantly improve the quality and diversity of the ILR education program. For more information on the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) go to www.sbilr.org.