Michael Ortiz

Upper Level English

About Michael

Mike Ortiz teaches twelfth grade AP English. He is a recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, including participation in the Independent Summer Scholar Program. He holds a B.A. in English from Saint Anselm College and an M.A. in English from Georgetown University. He began teaching at the School in 1985. His children’s novel Swan Town: The Secret Journal of Susanna Shakespeare (HarperCollins) was published in 2006. His latest book, Like the First Morning: The Morning Offering as a Daily Renewal (Ave Maria Press) was released in April 2015. He and his wife, Kathleen, have four children. Son David is a Heights’ graduate in the Class of 2011, and is a 2015 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, and UVA Law in 2018; Daniel is a graduate in the Class of 2014, and is a 2018 graduate of the University of Chicago; in 2020, he earned his Master’s in Literature from the University of Oxford on a Clarendon Scholarship. Sarah (Notre Dame, BA, ’19, M.Ed, ’21), and Caroline (Princeton, AB, ’21) are graduates of Oakcrest School in Virginia.