Michelle has worked in education for over 34 years – in both parochial and private school settings.  In 1989, Michelle (along with three additional co-founders), opened the doors of Northern Light to 12 students.  For over 25 years, Michelle has been instrumental in supporting Northern Light School's over 200 graduates in their journey to higher education.  This includes helping place almost 100% of graduates in over 45 parochial, private, independent, and boarding high schools nationwide.  Michelle continues to ensure Northern Light School's legacy is enduring to this day as the only remaining founder still working at Northern Light School.  Michelle is responsible for all Northern Light School development.  Most importantly, Michelle continues to hold the vision for and mission of Northern Light.

Michelle got her start teaching first grade at Saint Cyril's School in Oakland, California. After completing her Master's Thesis on Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf Education, Michelle remained the head teacher for the same group of students until their graduation from Saint Cyril's in the eighth grade.

Michelle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and her Master of Arts degree in Education, magna cum laude, from Saint Mary’s College.  She obtained her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Pupil-Personnel Credential from Saint Mary’s as well.