Michelle Finn is a professional development associate for the Reinventing Schools Division of Marzano Research and a coauthor of A Handbook for Personalized, Competency-Based Education. With more than a decade of experience in a variety of educational roles and settings, her classroom-based experience includes teaching grades K–10.
She was involved in the shift from a traditional time-based to a competency-based model of education at Bering Strait School District, then again in several schools in Maine, all of which saw significant improvements in student achievement. Her background includes curriculum and assessment development aligned with standards, transitioning schools to a competency-based educational model, developing student agency, and coaching teachers.
Michelle graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine at Orono. She is currently finishing her master’s in educational leadership with St. Joseph’s College while teaching third grade in a rural Maine school.