“Education research helps us define and articulate best practices for instruction, assessment, and learning so that education can be meaningful and fruitful for all students. As a former teacher, I am excited to support research efforts that not only improve educational experiences but also help make teachers better.”
As administrative assistant in the research department, Michelle enjoys putting her teaching, leadership, and research experience to use assisting the directors and researchers who engage in work critical to the future of education.
In her role, Michelle coordinates daily support services for the department and its projects. For example, she oversees and manages communications related to committees, travel, contracts, meetings, and events, and she handles information management and project tracking. She also organizes project-related expenses and submits invoices.
Michelle has more than 30 years of experience in education as a K–12 teacher, university instructor, executive assistant, and accreditation director. She served as a teacher-education program assessment and data manager at three universities and was a dean’s assistant for ten years, overseeing daily organizational and financial operations of the college. She has also served as an accreditation site visitor and consultant, assisting institutions across the country with teacher-education program assessments, data management, report writing, and national accreditation reviews.
Michelle is working toward a doctorate in education leadership and research at the University of Colorado Denver, focusing on higher-education leadership and assessment. She earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Weber State University and her bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Brigham Young University.