Michael Stine teaches at Ozark West Elementary, just minutes from the dairy farm on which he was raised. At Ozark, he teaches kindergarten through fifth grade. He has obtained grants which piloted a district-wide ukulele program. Michael is a huge proponent of music literacy, folk music, and movement. He also maintains one of the most successful high school trombone studios in the region.
Michael holds degrees from Missouri State University and the University of Arkansas in music performance. After obtaining teacher certification through Missouri State, he has taken classes in gifted education from Drury University. He previously taught in the Willard and Marion C. Early School Districts.
Prior to teaching, Michael spent five years as a trombonist with Bobby Vinton. He has held positions with the North Arkansas Symphony, the Ft. Smith Symphony, the Missouri Philharmonic, and the Springfield Symphony as well as countless touring musicals, celebrity acts, and even a stint with Royal Caribbean Cruises. He has served in adjunct low brass and music education capacities at Missouri State University, Drury University, and the University of Arkansas. He has appeared as a clinician/ adjudicator in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri. Michael is a former elementary music vice-president for the South- Central MMEA. Michael currently lives on some of the last remaining farmland between the towns of Ozark, Nixa, and Springfield.