Michael Coates grew up in Medford. Since 1995, Michael has been an elementary educator in the Medford Public School system. He started his teaching career at the Hervey Elementary School. While teaching at the Hervey full-time, he also served as the assistant principal for two years before it closed in 2002. In 2016, he authored a Medford history book for elementary students entitled Our Medford. It is now used as the district’s local history textbook. Michael is currently a third-grade teacher at the Brooks Elementary School.