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Principal McGrone


"The School Transformation Specialist"

Michael McGrone Sr. is a lead consultant of MTL Education, Inc. and a native of Gary, Indiana. Michael experienced numerous challenges throughout his life. He grew up in Gary at a time where the city was over come with drugs and violence. He lost numerous friends to gun violence and was a victim of violence himself, having a gun put to his head. He was physically abused, failed the 3rd grade, graduated high school with a 1.2 GPA and was homeless his first year of college.

Despite his harrowing background, Michael went on to become the first African American Assistant Principal in Bishop Noll's 88-year existence (a Catholic school located in Hammond, IN). He would also graduate with his masterʼs degree from Governors State with a 3.8 GPA in educational leadership. Michael brings over 25 years of experience working with students. Heʼs worked at numerous group homes, psychiatric facilities, and both alternative and charter schools. The struggles he encountered throughout his life would give him the tools necessary to propel students to greatness. Michael regularly serves as a keynote speaker for numerous organizations to share his journey and inspire others. He currently resides in Chicago, IL.

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The Twists & Turns of Possibility

This book is a riveting journey about a young man who grew up in Gary, Indiana. He was able to defy incredible odds to become a school principal, recognized all over the world for his unique approach to education. This book will take you on an emotional journey that will make you angry, laugh, cry and rejoice. Instead of running from the pain of his past, he embraced it and used it to restore hope, rebuild dreams, and save lives. Children from all over the world will understand that no matter what you go through in life, it’s all by divine order to help you reach your destiny. It will help you understand that your life is not a mistake and to trust the process – “God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called.”

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The Twist and Turns is a powerful read. Mr. McGrone is my mentor and friend. This book helps me understand the power of resilience- the most powerful person in the world is a person with their mind totally made up.

Rodney Walker