Mychael Willon

Mychael is officially retired. He currently volunteers for the Warhill PTSA and the Williamsburg/James City County PTA Council.

Mychael Willon

Passion for Education

Mychael Willon’s contributions to the education field have defined far more than just his career; they are his life passion. Willon first launched his career in the education sector in 1977 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. For the next nine years, he served as an Elementary School Teacher in Charles County and Howard County—an experience which cemented his passion, ultimately leading him to pursue a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. For Willon, these early days foreshadowed what would become a rich and extensive career in the education sector, spanning 38 years, a wide array of institutions, and a broad range of roles.

Mychael’s Professional Achievements

Over a period of nearly four decades, Mychael Willon is proud to have held a variety of both administrative and teaching roles in school systems around the United States. His previous titles include Elementary School Teacher, Resource Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Adjunct Professor, Director of Elementary Programs, Assistant to the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, and Superintendent. Having held roles in urban, suburban, and rural school districts, his background boasts a range of experience in education sectors across the board.

Willon enjoyed the responsibilities and rewards of each of his administrative roles, particularly the multitude of challenges that he met working at the Department of Education in New York City, in the largest school district in the country. He has also taught at various colleges.

For his dedicated contributions, Mychael Willon has been granted numerous teaching honors, including the Maryland Cooperating Teacher of the Year Award. He was also recognized in the Outstanding Young Men of America list.

Retirement

Since retiring, Mychael Willon has wholeheartedly embraced the opportunity to proudly claim the role of stay-at-home father for his two sons, Charles and Mychael. Although his formal career has ended, he has continued to pursue his passion and remained active in the education sector. In his free time, he volunteers with local PTAs, serving in a myriad of varied roles.

Currently, he is the District Director of the Peninsula District, President of the Warhill PTSA and the Williamsburg/James City County PTA Council.

Outside of his work in his community and his dedication to his family, Mychael is also an avid traveler and scuba diver. Additionally, he is a Notary Public for the state of Virginia. He is very proud of his husband, Michael, who is an active duty Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army.

Keep up to date with Mychael’s latest articles, blogs, and interviews.

Mychael Willon has retired from a successful career in education but he still devotes a significant amount of time to supporting local PTSA associations. He currently serves as the President of the Warhill PTSA, and the Williamsburg/James City County PTA Council. 

This is part two of an interview with Mychael Willon, discussing volunteering your time and resources, and the importance of learning from your mistakes.

It goes without saying that the primary goal of volunteering should be to help others. In fact, research has shown that volunteers whose motivation is self-serving rather than altruistic often find the experience draining instead of energizing, and stressful instead of rewarding. Yet with this being said, it is also true that volunteering provides volunteers with a range of personal benefits, including those related to their current and future career path.

For many people, volunteering is a permanent item on their to-do list. They sincerely plan on reaching out and making a difference down the road when they have more time, or when they are ready for an additional commitment. However, they never really transform that pledge into reality. According to educator and avid volunteer Mychael Willon, this chronic yet common pattern is not just unfortunate — it is a huge missed opportunity.

Just as exceptional teams are not merely a collection of disparate people, thriving communities are not comprised of individuals and families who merely share the same zip code, or simply drive on the same streets each day. Rather, these special spaces are often characterized by a deep, enduring, and most importantly shared commitment to volunteerism.

Get Connected

Mychael Willon is happy to connect and share his experiences in education. Contact him directly to learn more.