Mr Michael Righton
Position: Teacher, Head of Rowing
Qualifications: MA Trinity College, Dublin
Telephone: 01280 818244
Life before Stowe
I was born in Warwick in 1958, graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an MA in Invertebrate Zoology and the Higher Diploma in Education. Since then, I've worked in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Egypt and Thailand. I worked for the International Youth Hostel Federation as a Manager of a very large Youth Hostel and have also worked as a Ski Instructor. I have taught for a total of 23 years including eight years as Head of Science at the Dragon School, Oxford. In my younger life, I took part in the World Bob Sleigh Championships in Germany, was a member of the fastest Irish Rowing Eight in 1980 and was selected to represent Ireland in Egypt at the 'Festival of Oars' that took place on the River Nile where we came 2nd to the University of Washington, USA. I have cycled around the USA, climbed to 20,000ft in the Indian Himalaya and travelled extensively around the world. In May 2004, I was awarded the 'Queens Commendation for Bravery' for the rescue of a worker who was trapped inside a crane that had collapsed into Eton Rowing lake. The worker has completely recovered after being under water for eight minutes.
Outside of School, I am obsessed with Fly Fishing and am the Fishery Officer for the Cotswold Fishers. I was awarded first place in 2009 in a National Competition for work carried out on 'River Conservation and Restoration' on the River Dikler near Stow on the Wold. I am also a very keen Mountaineer and love to Ski and spend time with my daughter, Hanne-Lydia.