Michael is a Psychologist who has done work in Human Vision, Human Factors, Personality measurement, and Positive Psychology. He is also a father, poet, blogger, TEDx speaker, gardener, accomplished home cook, Hospice volunteer, and many other things. Michael has overcome numerous life challenges and learned to engage his resilience in the face of health challenges, failures, disappointment and loss. He enjoys helping teens and adults to discover, embrace, and exercise their character strengths and their natural resilience.

I AM Poem by Michael Montegut

I am home cooked meals always with a new twist.

I am reading cookbooks in bed like novels.

I am all day hikes through the Santa Cruz Mountains.

I am strange experiments with thermite.


I am checking up on my neighbors.

I am silly texts by the dozen with my cousin.

I am complex cocktails before dinner.

I am constantly learning new things just for the fun of it.


I am a complex and richly satisfying shaving ritual.

I am reading loads of books of all kinds.

I am a garden out back with super hot chilies and sweet heirloom carrots.

I am mischievously filling water balloons with water beads.


I am homemade bread, pizza, and creme brulee.

I am reaching far,  climbing high, and diving deep.

I am embracing life and making every moment count.

Julia is a public relations manager for young talents, graphic designer for local businesses, and a media arts teacher in Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). She has faced many obstacles in her life, but that has not stopped her from achieving her goals in life! Meeting kind people who supported her in her journey has strengthened and fueled her desire to give back to the community. Julia has strong, positive relationships with students, parents, and others in the community, and she enjoys providing them with life solutions that lead to a solid, resilient core.

I AM Poem by Julia Lee

I am a human being just like everyone else.
But I am no ordinary person like everyone else.

I do not judge, I welcome.
Welcome the inner true vibe of yourself.
Who am I?
I am the bridge of a song.

I love and care.
Care for the many lost souls.
Who am I?
I am a gatekeeper that guides gently.

I jump for joy for everyone else’s success.
Success that is shared with others.
Who am I?
I am a leader.

I carry luggage and burdens.
Burdens that become positive tools in life.
Who am I?
I am a counselor.

I am me.
Me, a rose with thorns that bloomed.
Who am I?
I am not afraid to be me.