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For the past 27 years, Michelle has been building bridges between academic institutions for students of all abilities and aspirations.  Her 20+ years of experience as a classroom special education teacher and a 9-12 school guidance counselor has given her an intimate perspective of the college and career bound student, their needs and the supports needed for families.  Her position as a special education administrator the last 6 years has provided her a leading role in guiding special education transition program development and implementation primarily for students with disabilities in grades 7-12.  Michelle’s expertise in the areas of IDEA and Section 504 provides students and their families with a foundational resource and understanding of the multiple pathways students with disabilities may pursue for postsecondary education.  She takes immense pride as an educator, a calling analogized to a bridge builder; linking students to staff, schools to families, struggles to success.  

Michelle holds a B.S. in Education and M.A. in School Counseling from the University of Detroit Mercy.  She completed her ED.s degree in the areas of School Administration/Policy Studies and Special Education Administration from Wayne State University.  Michelle holds Michigan teacher certifications in the areas of K-5; ELA 6-8; Learning Disabilities K-12; School Counseling K-12.  Michelle has Michigan Department of Education approval in the areas of Teacher Consultant and Director of Special Education.  She also possesses her Michigan administration certification in the areas of K-12 education and Central Office.

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