Dr. Michael Gallagher

Phone: 408-522-8200


Degrees and Certifications:

Doctor of Education degree from San Francisco State University, focusing on describing and supporting effective teachers in high poverty schools. Master’s degrees in Counseling Education and Educational Administration and a bachelor’s degree in English, all from Santa Clara University.

Dr. Michael Gallagher

Gallagher has been committed to equity through service in the public schools of Santa Clara County for more than 30 years as a high school English teacher, counselor, and associate principal, as a middle school principal, and as a district-level leader.  He came to Sunnyvale in May of 2009 as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

As Deputy Superintendent, Gallagher lead the District’s human resources and information systems departments and has been a district leader in its efforts to understand the social-emotional dimensions of teaching and learning and culturally responsive teaching practices.  He has created innovative employee support systems including on-campus resilience consultants and support groups focused on building teacher resilience. He is a widely recognized expert in the areas of social-emotional learning and interest-based bargaining.

He also serves as Board President of Sunnyvale Community Services and is President of Sunnyvale Rotary. He is a board member for the Center for Reaching and Teaching the Whole Child and for the Santa Clara County Schools Insurance Group.  He is an adjunct faculty member for San José State University’s Educational Doctorate program and for Santa Clara University’s Master of Arts in Educational Administration program.  

Gallagher and his husband, Jason Chan, are both life-long residents of the South Bay, are avid San José Earthquakes fans, and are deeply committed to empowering the area’s youth.