Michelle is passionate about teaching and learning with her students. She has taught middle and high school Core (English and History), Honors English, AP Literature and Composition, Writer's Workshops, and facilitated creation of literary annuals at independent schools throughout the Bay Area. She was a Teaching Fellow and Instructor in the Department of American Studies at Brown University and homeschooled her children for sixteen years, prior to sending them to esteemed public and private universities.
Inside and out of the classroom, she has developed effective strategies to support students with a wide variety of learning differences and styles. Michelle thrives on generating a strong rapport with students, and is dedicated to reaching students as unique individuals, incorporating time management, organization, and study skills into her curriculum, in ways tailored to support and challenge each student. Outside of teaching, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, taking long walks, reading widely and writing.
She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College, a Master of Arts and is ABD in American Studies (formerly American Civilization), Brown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Women's Studies from Hunter College, City University of New York. Her writing has been published in the Bennington Review, Enizagam and Four Chambers, and her short story, “Tell Me About Her,” was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. She continues to write fiction, was the recipient of a scholarship to attend the Napa Valley Writers' Workshop 2014, and recently workshopped her work in progress with the author Dorothy Allison. Michelle is currently a reader for The Tishman Review, a quarterly journal of poetry, fiction, essays, and visual art.