Class of 1991
Michael Woodlock’s academic and athletic background would made him a viable candidate for the CHSAA Hall of Fame. However, it’s his compassion, concern and willingness to help people that allowed him to stand out among his peers.
While at CHS, Mike could always be counted upon to participate in activities designed to assist others. He was an active participant in the annual DECA Senior Fashion Show at the Chelmsford Senior Center. He not only participated as a “model,” he was involved as a key leader of the event. The DECA club is heavily involved with charitable events throughout the community. Mike was recognized for his outstanding effort and reliability by being selected as the recipient of the DECA club’s Service Award as a senior.
He always found time to help others despite maintaining an honor roll GPA and being an outstanding member of the 1987 Super Bowl winning football team. For example, one of his after school activities was working as a volunteer at the Sunny Acres Nursing Home.
Mike continued his outstanding academic and athletic career at Assumption College. Prior to receiving his BA in Economic Issues and Policy, he was named as a 1st Team Eastern Collegiate Football Conference All-Star, inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, an International Economic Honor Society, and he continued his “giving back” work. He participated in the Assumption College Mexico Mission and worked extensively with the Mustard Seed Soup Kitchen in Worcester, MA.
His professional life reflects his giving personality. He has been recognized as an outstanding teacher, coach, club/class advisor and administrator. Mike’s teams were always competitive, enthusiastic and successful. He has been a highly respected teacher throughout his time in the classroom. He believes in teaching the “whole student” by blending academics with athletics and co-curricular activities.
Mike was selected to lead students on a trip across Spain and was approached by Education First Tours (EF Tours) company to assist in the planning, coordination and leading a professional development tour of the German educational system. EF Tours selected Mike to be part of their team due to the highly successful international travel program he developed and implemented while at Tyngsborough High School. In fact, EF worked with Mike to create a model that other schools may follow.
A look at Mike’s civic and community involvement further illustrates his commitment to helping others. He is an active member of St. Margaret’s Church in Lowell. He served as a Lector, Pastoral Council member; volunteer at Vacation Bible Camp, and Religious Ed Teacher. He went to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to lead a Habitat for Humanity group to assist in rebuilding homes following a devastating tornado. Mike also led a group of young people to volunteer at the “Give Kids the World Village.” The “Village” helps children affiliated with life threatening illnesses enjoy a week of vacation, attractions and theme parks in central Florida. This program is has become a tradition at Tynsborough High School and has impacted students beyond high school. Mike brought this program to Groton-Dunstable High School when he became Prinicipal.
Mike wasted no time making his presence felt during his first year as principal at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School. In addition to laying the groundwork for the volunteer program (above), he made dramatic and much needed change to the scheduling process of the building. The result was a much improved and smooth course selection process for students and streamlined and efficient scheduling for students and faculty.
Mike, is a recognized educational leader as a teacher, coach and administrator. His community involvement and sense of civic responsibility makes him an outstanding representative of the CHSAA Hall of Fame philosophy.