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Welcome from the Middle School Director

The Middle School at ASM responds to the unique needs of adolescents at a very special time in their lives. Students and teachers engage in active, purposeful learning, and the curriculum is challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant. We believe that learning is a continuous process that requires students to push through challenges and perceived limits and should involve real-world experiences, risk and failure, self-reflection, and choice. Students are encouraged to own their learning through problem-solving and collaboration.

The Middle School daily advisory program is centered on the Responsive Advisory model, and an advisor is a key person in the social and emotional development of our students. It is important to promote constructive learner attitudes, skills, and behaviors, including the development of a student’s passion for learning, collaboration, the disposition to apply critical and creative thinking skills, and a willingness to work hard to achieve one’s full potential. The Middle School Learner Profile helps teachers and students to establish goals, plan instruction, generate discussions, and reflect on learner behaviors and citizenship. It is a central focus of the Middle School program and is critical to long-term student success.

Welcome to the ASM Middle School!  Mike Nugent

Mike Nugent joined the American School of Madrid staff in 1995 as a Middle and High School English teacher. He also served as the Middle School Coordinator from 1995-2010. During his tenure at ASM, Mike has served as co-chair for two ASM accreditation cycles for the Middle States Association.

Prior to his time at ASM, Mike taught English and Spanish at a public Middle School in Rochester, Michigan where he was also active as a cross country and track coach.

In 2015, Mike received a Certificate of International School Leadership from the Principals Training Center. Mike also received his BA in English and Spanish from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan in 1985 and his MA in English from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1993.