Michael Cox

Michael Cox


Michael Cox is currently the Principal at North Montgomery High School and has worked in this capacity since 2013. In this role, Michael identifies and empowers talented educators to provide an excellent educational experience for all students. He has set the tone of collaboration with students, teachers and other support staff to help students discover and prepare for their path beyond high school. Prior to his current role, he was Assistant Principal at North Montgomery for 7 years. He taught Social Studies at Northridge Middle School. Michael has also worked as a Computer Teacher, Athletic Director, and Dean of Students for Hamilton Heights Middle School.

As Principal of North Montgomery High School, Michael led the initiative to expand the Career and Technical (CTE) offerings providing further growth and learning opportunities to students. To increase academic flexibility for students and to bring more rigor to North Montgomery’s advanced offerings, a weighted grading system was implemented. The Valedictorian recognition was eliminated and Cum Laude recognition was instituted. Additionally, with Michael’s guidance, collaborative spirit, and expertise in applied educational neuroscience, North Montgomery educators have systematically implemented brain aligned strategies to create a culture of caring and to build resilience in both students and staff.

Michael was chosen as the Indiana Representative to the Presidential Academy. In this capacity, Michael was fortunate to study for seventeen days with educators from around the country, Puerto Rico and American Samoa in Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and Washington D.C. He was asked to judge the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial essay contest for middle and high school students in the state of Indiana. Michael has presented to teachers, administrators, undergraduates, graduates, adult philanthropic groups, such as Kiwanis, and school board members from around the country. Michael has presented at the Indiana Association of School Principals Fall Professionals Conference and at satellite locations for the IASP Roadshow trainings. He also served as a guest speaker at Butler’s Applied Educational Neuroscience Symposium. In addition to these speaking engagements, he has become a trusted resource and advisor for many school districts in Indiana.

In 2021 Michael was selected as the IASP Indiana Principal of the Year. In two consecutive years, 2020 and 2021, Michael w named the IASP District 4 High School Principal of the Year. Michael also received the Lilly Endowment 2019 Teacher Creativity Fellowship. Upon completion of biking the KATY Trail across Missouri, hiking in Waterton National Park (the Canadian side of Glacier National Park), Michael will be starting a Hiking Club at North Montgomery to teach students the benefits of exercise and enjoyment of nature to regulate the brain's stress response system.

In his 25 years of teaching, Michael has witnessed a sharp decline in the resilience of our youth. “More and more students are coming into the classroom from environments of toxic stress or trauma. This has altered the way they perceive and react to life’s challenges. In the same 25 years, the scientific community has discovered the power of the human brain to adapt and make positive changes in its  own structure that allows us to calm our stress response system and to build resilience. Michael firmly believes that applied educational neuroscience gives us the framework to empower our students and staff to build a better brain and future for themselves.

Michael attended Indiana University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and a K-12 Computer Education Certification. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Ball State University. Michael received the Applied Educational Neuroscience Certification from Butler University in May 2018.

Michael lives in Darlington, Indiana with his wife, Amie. He has two children, Wesley and Olivia. Michael enjoys hiking, biking, travel, attending sporting events and reading.