Michael Gonzalez

Career Pathway Program Manager, New Britain


Before joining ReadyCT, for four years Michael worked as a K-5 Spanish teacher (Hartford Public Schools). Additionally, his career includes extensive nonprofit service; in the Greater Hartford area, he has held roles as a community school director, family engagement specialist, and program manager for youth programs.  In positions of leadership, some of Michael’s accomplishments include securing program funding, developing program content, collaborating with community partners to build successful relationships, establishing student advocacy guidelines, and building resources to provide wraparound, holistic services for families and children. 

He is the recipient of the United Way Dr. Frederick G. Adams Award for Community Service and the Committed Adult to Children in Hartford (CATCH) Award from the City of Hartford. Michael is a graduate of Leadership Greater Hartford, and his community school program was awarded the agency’s Program of the Year Award under his leadership. His civic engagement activities include membership on his local board of education (10 years) and membership on the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) where he also served on the Minority Teaching and Diversity committee. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in human services with an emphasis in education from Springfield College, where he was a member of the International Honor Society in Social Sciences and class president. Additionally, he earned a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Hartford, where he was inducted into the International Honor Society in Education. 

Michael’s personal, professional, and educational experiences align with ReadyCT’s vision of advancing academic excellence through career connections for all students in Connecticut. He lives in South Windsor with his wife and children. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.” – MLK