Michelle’s passion in life is teaching. She realized her calling was a career in education during the summers in high school when she worked as a camp counselor. During those summers, the relationships she built with her campers ignited a desire to work with kids in the future. After high school, Michelle graduated with honors and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Barry University. She continued her education and earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.
Michelle began her teaching career in a first grade classroom for five years at Natural Bridge Elementary School in North Miami, Florida. During her tenure at Natural Bridge, she was grade level chairperson for three years. Michelle continued her teaching career at Manatee Elementary School, teaching fourth grade for three years. Michelle and her family then moved to Georgia in the Summer of 2000, after which Michelle spent the next ten years raising her three children and taught on a part-time basis both as a substitute teacher for all elementary grades and as an extended supply teacher for second, third and fifth grades.
In 2011, after obtaining a Georgia Educator’s Certificate as a highly qualified teacher, Michelle accepted a full-time teaching position at Riverside Primary School in Mableton, Georgia. She taught kindergarten for a year and then taught first grade for the next three years. While at Riverside, Michelle’s classroom was chosen by the school’s principal to be a model classroom for new teachers. In addition to multiple leadership roles and participating in various training programs including SMART training, Michelle served as a chairperson of the Curriculum/Assessment Committee and the School Improvement Plan Committee.
After many years of classroom experience, Michelle believes that one of the most important parts of teaching is to establish a trusting relationship with each student and foster a love of learning, so they are inspired to learn throughout and beyond their years of formal schooling.