Mike Sallade holds an Associate’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State and a BA in Adventure Education from Prescott College. Mike moved to New Hampshire to work at the Oliverian School 12 years ago and now returns as Engagement Program Teacher. Mike has used the outdoors to teach social and emotional learning skills for nearly 20 years, most recently at Project Adventure, and brings that depth of experience to the forefront of his work here. He has always had a deep love for the mountains and believes in their ability to teach grit, resilience, and a sense of self.
Mike is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys backcountry skiing, rock climbing, fly fishing, hiking and camping with his wife and three year old son. One of his greatest joys in life is seeing growth in others, along with those “ah-ha!” moments that come with learning.
What do you love most about Oliverian?
“I had a student here 12 years ago who came to us as a very timid, self conscious, and not-at-all confident high schooler who had never really fit in. He grew into a funny, witty, and charismatic character who gained the confidence to try new things and be himself. His transformation was made possible through a supportive, caring, non-judgemental environment where staff and students alike can see each others’ flaws and strengths.”
What motivates you to work with kids?
“Kids know that the greatest method of learning is play. Wolves play to learn how to take down large prey. Babies play to develop fine motor skills and learn languages. Adolescents play to learn boundaries and develop social skills like negotiation and conflict resolution. I think kids intrinsically know that play is both fun and meaningful. I may have grown up, but I still love to play. Not necessarily ‘fun and games’ play, but purposeful experimentation to discover and develop new skills. Kids seem to get that, and they’re constant reminders of it.”