Michael Canick

New York City, New York, United States


I enjoy being a teacher because it provides a balance in my life between being creative and autonomous on the one hand, and the requirements of my profession on the other. Being a teacher also provides me with the opportunity to impact people by helping students academically as well as in their personal lives.

I am a public high school English teacher working for the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the country. I also tutor privately, helping students with academics, test prep, college essays, etc.

Here’s just a bit of what we can cover in our PivotPlanet session(s):
• How to prepare for a teaching career.
• How to get a job.
• How to find a good fit in a school.
• How to relate to students on a personal level.
• How to overcome a variety of obstacles in the teaching profession.

Before becoming a full-time teacher, I worked part-time as a college professor (music and test prep), private music teacher, and teaching artist. My experience has taught me a lot about working in a public school system, navigating bureaucracies, establishing relationships with students, creating dynamic lessons, etc. I know how to deal with students, parents, and administrators, some of whom may believe that the teacher is not always on their side.


I am a former magician, musician, and businessman who reached a plateau in these previous careers. Having worked part-time as a teacher most of my life, I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to full-time teaching. I have brought elements of all my past professions into my teaching.

I am proud of my accomplishments as a teacher, including: being a finalist for The Equity Project, which attracted many thousands of teachers throughout the country; sponsoring an essay contest, adjudicated by a former New York Times reporter, where the prize was lunch and a tour of the Yale Club in NYC; being accepted into the NYC Teaching Fellows, eligible to teach in three different subject areas.