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Mr. Michael "Mike" Onda
I have been a Business & Information Technology teacher since 1999. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 with a Bachelor's of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance. Upon graduation, I received a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and spent 11 years on active duty as a Communications and Information Systems Officer, responsible for the planning, installation, operations, and maintenance of radio networks, switched telephone networks, and data networks. I separated from active duty in 1999 and spent 21 years teaching at James Wood High School in Winchester, VA. I also coached Cross Country for 19 years, 16 of which as the Head Coach, and coached both Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field for 21 years (primarily distance, but also coached sprinters and throwers at various points), the last 3 as Head Coach. I am also a VHSL-certified volleyball official and officiate both public and private school volleyball matches at both the high school and middle school level for the Winchester Volleyball Officials' Association; we officiate schools in Frederick County, Clarke County, Warren County, and Winchester City.
I began teaching at Potomac Falls High School in 2020. I am currently teaching Introduction to Cybersecurity, Personal Finance, Business Management, and Business Law. I am also the advisor for the Cybersecurity Club, an adviser for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and also help with DECA. I have been married to my wonderful wife, Mandy, since 2003. We have one daughter. I enjoy spending time with my family, and my hobbies are fitness-related (biking, running, strength training, etc.).
I am glad to be a part of the Potomac Falls High School team and look forward to meeting and working with my students.
My office hours will be on Mondays from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. I will be closely monitoring my email during that time, and I will also be available for small group live assistance as needed during that time. Assistance either during or outside of my office hours will need to be coordinated ahead of time in order to ensure I am available and not already committed to something else.
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