Michael Walls joined Pierpont Community & Technical College in 2006 as an adjunct instructor within the Respiratory Care program and became the Respiratory Care program director in 2010. He also serves as a Quality Matters peer reviewer for online courses. Prior to coming to Pierpont, Mike had significant experience in the health care field. For over 20 years, he was extensively involved in local Emergency Medical Services, first serving as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician and then as a Paramedic. During this time, he also supervised a regional 911 call center. Mike holds an A.A.S and an A.S. from California College of Health Sciences. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from WVU in 2009 and completed his Master in Education from Fairmont State University in 2013. His graduate studies focus was online learning. Mike’s teaching philosophy evolves from a variety of personal experiences, education and as a champion of health sciences. His teaching style is a holistic approach to education. Learning is nurtured in all three learning domains: cognitive, affective and psycho-motor. Focus is on the student’s cognitive development and building on each level of learning from simple remembering to application, synthesis and creation of material learned. His teaching style focuses on the development and importance of the student’s role as life-long and self-directed learners as well as community contributors. Outside of teaching and respiratory care, Mike’s interests include bicycling rail-to-trails, camping and most other outdoor activities.