Michelle was born and raised in New York. During her first year of college, as she was working towards a degree in business management, Michelle tutored mathematics. It was then that she realized her passion was in helping others understand mathematical concepts. While working towards her B.S. in Mathematics at SUNY Old Westbury, she completed numerous education courses with the idea that she may one day go on to teach.
In 2010, Michelle ventured off to sunny California to work on a master’s degree in Mathematics at San Francisco State University. During this time, she had the pleasure of teaching at the University. Michelle taught Precalculus, Prealgebra, and Algebra for four years at the university level. Her students found her passion and ability to convey difficult concepts invaluable to their educational development.
After completing her coursework at San Francisco State, Michelle decided to continue working with students and began to work with Stanford’s Education for Gifted Youth program (EPGY). For four years, Michelle worked closely with gifted and talented students from all over the world.
As a lover of games, Michelle likes to show students how to treat math problems as puzzles; discovering how the different pieces fit together and bring them to a final answer. She likes to show students that there are many ways to solving a problem.Not everyone thinks the same, and that is okay. She is a true believer that anyone can learn a new concept as long as she finds the way that she learns best, and utilize that method. When she is not working or spending time with her family, Michelle is an avid reader and enjoys writing poetry and short stories.