Michelle is a teacher with over 15 years of experience in grades 1, 3, and 6 in both self-contained and departmentalized classrooms. Her Bachelor’s degree is in elementary education and her Master’s is in Curriculum and Technology. Although her primary certification is in elementary education, she also holds teaching endorsements in gifted education and computer science for K-12. Currently, Michelle serves as both a coordinator for gifted services for her school district and a consultant and coach for helping teachers use technology correctly in their classrooms.
Her duties in the gifted realm include testing and identification of referred students, making district-wide plans and reports to the state, and creating district policies for the gifted program. She also provides modeling and coaching for regular classroom teachers to help them understand how to differentiate for their gifted students. She entered this position at a time when the district had not had gifted services for several years. She is in the process of establishing a gifted program that fits state standards.
The duties of coaching teachers for good methods of differentiating for gifted students leads directly to her secondary duties. Michelle also provides professional development sessions, coaching, resources, and whatever help is needed for teachers who need help implementing technology in ways that actually benefit students.
Since she was 12 years old, Michelle has also been interested in computers and computer programming. Over the years, she has both self-taught herself many computer languages and taken classes in other computer programming languages. In her spare time she loves to code web applications and other programs.
Michelle also has a YouTube channel that is helpful for anyone who wants help with technology resources, ideas, and how-tos.