Michael Arsiniega was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then spent his childhood in Mexico, and finally moved to South Carolina at the age of 14. Since then, he calls South Carolina home. Michael started on his path towards working with young people when he hesitantly took on the role of a volunteer soccer coach at the local YMCA. Working with his community and with youth was very fulfilling and it brought him great joy – and still does! Michael went on to work for the YMCA, the Greenville Zoo – as a beekeeper – and as a science teacher at Berea Middle School before coming to Communities In Schools. He is super excited to continue serving as a student support specialist at Berea Middle School. Michael enjoys playing sports including disc golf, softball, and volleyball, and hanging out with his family and his pet dogs, chickens, and rats.