Michele graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Elementary Education (specialization in Special Education). She has been married to Keith for over 35 years, and they have three grown children: Dustin, Ryan, and Caitlin. She has taught 1st and 3rdgrades for 13 years — in Willis, Texas, at Regents School of Austin, and, most recently at Austin Classical School.
While her children were young, Michele was very active in Bible Study Fellowship, serving in various leadership roles during those years, including discussion leader, children’s leader, assistant children’s supervisor, and eventually children’s supervisor for the South Austin class. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing on the computer, traveling with her family, and (no surprise) Red Raider football. She and her husband attend Austin Oaks church and currently serves as a leader in Bible Study Fellowship. In her spare time, Michele loves to read all kinds of books, travel with her husband, and hang out! As the mother of a newly-engaged daughter, she is excited to help plan for the up-coming wedding throughout this next year.
Michele loves the classical Christian model of schooling and being able to teach God’s Word and to show how He is in every subject. She enjoys walking alongside families they teach and raise their children. She is passionate about the opportunity to get to teach about our loving Lord and see, along with the children, how He truly is in all, overall, and holds all together in His hands. She enjoys teaching grammar school-age children with their zest for life, funny and innocent ways of looking at the world, and enthusiasm for learning and is constantly amazed and challenged as she sees God’s sovereignty, love, and grace in all she teaches. Her desire is for students to see God in their world in a very real way, to love learning, and to become life-long learners who live with an eternal purpose.
Michele’s true passion is to teach, and she loves this model because she not only teaches the children but feels she also helps to teach and nurture the families as they take this very big, yet rewarding, responsibility in teaching their children.
Her hope this year for her students is that they learn academically, of course, but more importantly, she hopes they learn about how much their Heavenly Father loves them – and how much she loves them. She wants them to learn to make mistakes, pick themselves up, learn from them and then go on. Additionally, she wants school to be that safe place for them to try, fail, see the world didn’t end, and try again.
Michele loves to laugh and have fun with my co-teachers and with her classes. She is famous for always saying, “There’s no fun in First grade”, but her classes learn pretty quickly there MIGHT be fun in first grade!