Posted by Craig Buhrendorf
Raised in New Hartford, CT Michelle is the oldest of seven siblings, spaced over nine and a half years.  She received her BS in Elementary Education from DeSales University and studied Spanish at the University of Granada.  She recently earned her MA in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute.

Michelle teaches Spanish to fifth and sixth graders in Canton and is a roving instructor for the middle and high schools.  Concurrently, she participates in a Fulbright Fellowship program, “Teachers for Global Classrooms”. This program included a one month stay last May in a small village in Senegal, Africa where she taught English and Spanish.  The program includes a rigorous one year online curriculum which she will complete in September.

Michelle loves to travel and has been to over thirty countries.  She was headed to Columbia immediately after her interview and recently took a solo trip to Cuba.

As an advisor for the Interact Club in the high school, Michelle oversaw the students’ fundraiser for opioid addiction.  She also advises the high school International Club as well as the Global Citizens and Spanish Clubs in the elementary school.

Michelle is into watersports, especially water skiing and paddle boarding.  She and her dog, Guille, live in Avon where she takes care of two children, ages nine and five, who lost their parents to opioid overdoses.  She considers taking care of these kids her proudest achievement.