"Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace" -Confucius
Michelle has a passion for serving children and their families. She has been working in the field of early childhood education since 2005 and has experience with a variety of curricula and demographic populations. She began volunteer work with the children in her church during her teen years and has not left her passion since. Little Owl has been her “work home” since 2010 and she has taught on both the Yellow and Green side classrooms. She has received two A.A. degrees from Cerritos College; one in General Studies and the other in Child Development. She also received a B. S. degree in Child Development from the University of La Verne in 2010. In 2014, Michelle earned her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Aside from her role at Little Owl, Michelle is part of the adjunct faculty team in the child development department at Cerritos College. She is also part of the California Early Childhood Mentor Program; it is through this program that she is able to mentor and guide future educators enrolled in the child development practicum course at Cerritos College. She shares her knowledge, insight, and experience as they work alongside her onsite at Little Owl each semester.
In Michelle's teaching philosophy, she states; " I believe that children are capable, confident, and unique individuals. The job of the child is to play, discover, and research the world around them. Because of the differing learning styles of children, I must take the challenge of finding multiple ways and multiple mediums that will help capture the many languages that speak to each individual. My role in facilitating the work of children is to observe children's interest and develop ways to challenge and construct new ways of learning and exploring with the children. I am a source of knowledge, but also a co-researcher alongside the children."
Outside of school, Michelle enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Her hobbies include gardening, watching reruns of Golden Girls and I Love Lucy, and attending her favorite sporting events with her husband.