Michelle is an Advanced Placement Spanish teacher at Boulder High School who directs the Adelante! program for at-risk Latino students. In this capacity, she is instrumental in increasing graduation rates and student achievement, securing grant monies, and expanding educational offerings to facilitate student success in high school and beyond. She is actively involved in social justice issues confronting her students, especially first generation high school graduates.
Michelle has a BA from Boston College as well as an MA from the University of Northern Colorado and an EdS from the University of Colorado, Denver. She achieved National Board Teacher Certification in 2007. Michelle has served on the boards of directors of the Boulder Rotary Club, Share-A-Gift, Frequent Flyers Productions, the Milagros Scholarship Fund, and the Boulder County Latina League. She has earned recognition as a 2014 Zonta Woman of Achievement, 2012 YWCA Awardee, the 2009 Pacesetter in Education, 2008 Jared Polis Foundation’s Teacher Recognition Award, Boulder Rotary Club “2008 Rotary Shares” Award, and Impact on Education’s 2000 Impact Award. She is proud to be the mother of two Boulder High graduates. Her hobbies include travel, reading, yoga, and skiing.