Michelle’s teaching career began in Houston, Texas in January of 1986 and after moving in 1995, continued in North Georgia. When she became an ESOL Teacher in 2006, the role included leading professional learning related to the best instructional practices for English Learners. She has presented at the Kennesaw State University ESOL Conference 3 times in the past 4 years and in 2016, she was offered the position of in her district’s Teaching and Learning Department of the first ESOL Coach, supporting K-12 educators and leading professional learning district-wide. In addition to teaching the ESOL Endorsement Methods Course for multiple years, she assembled a team of educators and led the work
of developing the school system’s own ESOL Endorsement, receiving approval from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to implement the program of study for the county’s educators. Most recently she developed a vision and led a team creating lessons to support ELs that align with the district’s literacy program for grades K-3. Ranking just behind spending time with her family, her next greatest pleasure is supporting students by leading educators in professional learning that is highly engaging, effective and fun. Her favorite hobby is hiking and “trails” only slightly behind her first two joys.