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Breakthrough Education Strategies
Michael Suntag, Managing Partner
Michael Suntag has become a leader in education at the local, state and national level. In addition to serving over 39 years in public education, he has published articles, chaired numerous committees, delivered keynote addresses, coordinated state and national conferences, consulted on school reform initiatives and mentored, trained and coached teachers and administrators throughout his career. Upon retirement from public education, he co-founded Breakthrough Education Strategies, a school transformation model that will equip all kids with the skills necessary to compete and succeed in the rapidly evolving 21st century.

Prior to founding Breakthrough Education Strategies, Mike served with the Connecticut State Department of Education as a consultant for educational technology and grant management in the Technical High School System. While there he developed and implemented statewide technology plans while also managing local and system grants. Previously as assistant director of Platt Technical High School, he managed discipline, technological development, school improvement planning, and other responsibilities. Before that he spent nearly thirty years as the priority school district grant manager and a secondary school master English teacher for the Bridgeport Public Schools. He began his career as a junior high school teacher in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Michael received his Administrative Certificate from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to that he received his 6th year certification from Fairfield University, and graduated cum laude with his Master of Arts in Education from Fairleigh Dickenson University. In 1966 he graduated from Monmouth University where he majored in English and minored in Journalism.

In 1993, Michael was honored as a member of the inaugural class of the Children and Family Fellowship for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization affiliated with UPS, whose primary mission is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of vulnerable children and families. There he underwent intensive training in systems change theory and practice before helping to lead their Bridgeport Futures Initiative in an attempt to facilitate change in the greater Bridgeport community. During that time, he took on various roles including education liaison, acting executive director and interim president of the agency. He remains actively involved with the AECF Fellowship network and their mission.

Committed to the ideal of equipping all kids with the skills to compete and succeed in a changing world, he is co-founder of the Connecticut Partnership for 21st Century Education, and a Board member of the Connecticut Educators Computer Association.

Michael and his wife Elaine reside in Stratford, Connecticut. Their elder son Aaron is a consultant with Public Strategies, Washington in Washington DC, and their younger son Matthew is an International Political Analyst for AARP also in Washington, DC.