Michael Pounders is a first year M.A. student in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communications. He graduated from UW-Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2017 with a degree in Secondary English Education. After teaching high school and middle school English, Michael came to Iowa State to earn his Master’s Degree. His passion is teaching and his career plan is to be a first-year composition professor. Michael is currently a graduate teaching assistant for Speech Communication 212. Part of his GA position is to serve as an apprentice where he has the opportunity to learn about and work in the field of technical communication. He also is currently researching the technical communication of how ballet instruction has evolved to include NFL players.