Witnessing the joy of learning that eager seven- and eight-year-olds exude fills Michelle with gratitude each day. She feels especially honored as she prepares her students for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Michelle shares that Second Class is an exciting year full of rich learning in language arts and math as well as memorable units of study. It brings her joy to encourage the children to embrace the opportunity to become stewards of the earth as they explore the wonderful world of whales and the amazing rain forest.
A teacher for 23 years, Michelle began her career in the Rockwood School District and later taught in the Fort Zumwalt School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in psychology from Maryville University and a master’s degree in elementary education from University of Missouri, St. Louis. She discovered the Academy, her “home away from home,” when she was seeking an excellent learning environment for her two daughters who are alums of the Academy. Here, she values that our Goals and Criteria provide strong guiding principles that align with her beliefs as both an educator and as a parent.