Mr. Michael Landers

Phone: 704-260-6690 find "Landers" to go to voicemail


Degrees and Certifications:

National Board Certified; BA in English from SUNY at Buffalo; MA in English from UNC-Charlotte

Mr. Michael Landers

I am a HUGE education and public school advocate, as well as a passionate, National Board Certified English teacher originally from upstate NY (near Syracuse).  My undergraduate degree is in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and my Master's Degree is also in English (and English Education) from UNC-Charlotte.  This is my 23rd year teaching in North Carolina (16th at Mount Pleasant High School).  I was Certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards after submitting an intensive portfolio of my teaching in English II curriculum.  My Masters degree was focused on English I and II curriculum and approaches.  I was one of only about 300 (of 100,000) teachers selected to the North Carolina Governor's Teacher Network, which commissioned my work in writing a unit plan and resources for English I and II for all teachers in North Carolina to access.  I also spent about five years on our county's "Curriculum Writing Team."  I am certified by the College Board to teach AP English Language and Composition, and after almost 15 years of teaching this class, I was selected to be an "AP Reader," which allows me the opportunity to convene with thousands of other English educators each year to read and score essays from students around the world.  This experience has made me aware that MPHS students can compete globally!
I have taught "almost" EVERY grade level from 7th grade to college (I currently am an adjunct instructor at RCCC) - HOWEVER...beyond my background, student-performance successes, and knowledge-base in English I and II (and III); this year, the administrative team at MPHS has assigned the entire senior class (all English IV classes) to my teaching regiment.  Plus, we're starting online!  What a CHALLENGE!
Challenge accepted.  We are in this together, and I know that my broad spectrum of teaching experience meshed with my college teaching experiences will result in an amazing educational journey for all of our English IV students this semester.
I also love my work advising the AWSUM Club (Athletes Who Share Unselfish Moments), witnessing the young adults give back to the community.  I live with my wife of six years, Lindsey Landers, an amazing art teacher at Central Cabarrus High; our little sons, Maddox and Ryker.

Class Information

  • Fall Semester 2020!

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

    This week's tentative agenda:

    11.16 Agenda

    Remote students: Please see the schedule below and be logged into Canvas shortly before your class is scheduled to start!  My TEAMS LIVE meetings are ALL linked to Discussion Boards within Canvas and organized by date.  Once logged in, go to "Discussion Board" on the left, and click on the appropriate date.  You may begin responding at any point as you await the start of class.

    F2F students: Mon/Wed students do NOT need to join the Teams meeting on Tuesday or Thursday (unless you need a refresher or have a question). Tues/Thurs students do NOT need to attend the Teams meetings on Monday or Wednesday, unless you need a review.  You DO have to complete the "activity" posted in Canvas each day though, and pay attention to assignments.  All instruction will be covered for you in class over two days, while remote students will receive it over 4 days.

    Parents: The best way to reach me is by email:

    This page only serves as a "landing point" for getting linked to classes, as well as a spot for some public updates.  All course content and curriculum / assignments will be accessed exclusively through Canvas, where daily updates will occur.


    As mentioned in my "Bio" above, we enter this semester TOGETHER, teaching and learning in English IV!  The focus will be with the standards of the English IV curriculum, which focuses on each senior emerging from high school as an individual understanding his or her identity and potential roles in society.

    There are 4 "units" we will explore this semester:

    • Transformation of the Individual
    • Positive Individual Influence on Society
    • Adverse individual Influence on Society
    • Leaving a Legacy

    Each of these units will require students to be engaged, willing to read independently, discuss, speak, and write in response to their new learning and understanding.

    All materials and information, including assignments, lessons, and work submission will be tied to Canvas (accessed by the icon on the MPHS home page).  Parents can also access Canvas as well.  Please email me if you would like access.


    Email me at if you have any questions

Mr. Landers' Class Schedule


    Plan C Schedule: Each class LINKED directly to the CANVAS page.

    Club / Meeting Time

    7:15 – 8:35

    Schedule this time in advance

    Block 1

    8:35 - 9:35

    English IV

    Block 2

    9:45 – 10:45

    Planning Period

    Block 3

    10:55 – 11:55

    Honors English IV

    Block 4

    12:25 – 1:25

    English IV

    Office Hours; Meeting Time

    1:25 - 2:15

    Meet by appointment


     Plan B schedule: Effective 10/19/2020


    Length (minutes)


    (Group A/1)

    Tuesday (Group B/2)


    (Group A/1)


    (Group B/2)








    7:15 -9:00


    1st Period English IV

    7:15 - 8:15 F2F Only

    8:15 - 9:00 F2F & Remote

    7:15 - 8:35

    Office Hours by Appointment

    9:05 - 10:40


    2nd Period - Planning period

    9:06 - 9:50 F2F & Remote

    9:50 - 10:40 F2F Only

    8:35 - 9:35

    1st Block Work Time

    10:45 - 12:35


    3rd Period Honors English IV

    10:45 - 11:50 F2F Only

    11:50 - 12:36 F2F & Remote

    9:45 - 10:45

    2nd Block Work Time

    12:40 - 2:15


    4th Period - English IV

    12:40 - 1:25 F2F & Remote

    1:25 - 2:15 F2F Only

    10:55 - 11:55

    3rd Block Work Time

    District-Wide Time and Schedule

    These times are to remain the same for all schools

    12:25 - 1:25

    4th Block Work Time

    1:25 - 2:15

    Office Hours


Last Modified on November 16, 2020