I have a masters in science education with a focus on the nature of science. I have taught 6th - 8th grade general science in Austin, Texas for 6 years, where I wrote curriculum for the district, and Regents 9th grade Earth Science in New York City for 2 years. I currently teach an upper elementary science methods course at Penn State University and work as curriculum projects manager for an educational equity organization. I routinely teach science lessons to a pre-K/K institution and test out material on my 3 year old daughter.
I am a strong believer in inquiry, engagement, and play. I am interested in equitable practices such as culturally responsive teaching, and Project Based Learning. I truly believe anyone can love science if they are taught it the right way.
O.Henry Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2010-2011 PolarTREC Teacher, 2011-2012 NASA Galileo Educator Network Fellow PolarTREC teacher, 2015
Received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University with High Honors; major in English, minors in Education and Geology with a certification to teach secondary English. Received a Masters degree in Education from the Science Education department at the University of Texas at Austin. Master’s thesis presented a rubric to help conceptualize teachers’ perceptions of the nature of science, and examined factors that influence various understandings of the Nature of Science in science education.
Michelle lives in State College, Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter and (new) son.