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Michael Connolly

Mike Connolly worked as a high school, middle school and upper elementary school principal in urban, suburban and rural school districts in the United States before going abroad to work in prestigious international schools in Thailand, Costa Rica, the Netherlands and Vietnam. During his tenure as a principal, Mike offered workshops, seminars and classes at K-12 schools and universities, while also presenting at national and international conferences in London, Thailand, Malaysia and the USA. 

In 2007, Mike retired after forty-two years in education to pursue his passion for writing and is the author of two books—What They Never Told Me in Principals’ School (2009) and Teaching Kids to Love Learning, Not Just Endure It (2011) published by Rowman and Littlefield. His articles have appeared in numerous national and international journals. 

Mike and two of his former classmates are currently working on a book that chronicles how their four years in high school in preparatory seminary positively influenced the direction of their lives, even though none of them were ever ordained as priests.

Brie Goolbis

Brie Goolbis served for twelve years as a school counselor in the United States. Later she worked as a college counselor, Dean of Students, Director of Counseling, as well as an Admissions and Marketing Director at prestigious international schools in four different countries on three continents. Her volunteer work has included administering the GED to high school dropouts in the state of New Hampshire, serving as a court mediator for families with children experiencing difficulties, and most recently as a Resource Volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

Brie’s interests include yoga and vegetarian cooking. Most of all, she loves to reuse, repurpose, and recycle. Brie and Mike have been married for twenty-five years and have raised four children. They currently live in Hampstead, North Carolina.


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Young Enough to Change the World