Aim High Graduate and Site Director

“I started off as a student, moved to TA, Intern, and Lead Teacher.” Today, Michelle is the founding site director for Aim High’s Bayview campus at Willie Brown Middle Jr. Middle School, where she also teaches math and student government during the regular school year.  “I want to help students and families see the greatest in themselves,” she says. “That is why I teach.”….

 

 

Michelle earned good grades in middle school. So when her mom insisted she attend the Aim High summer program, 12-year-old Michelle was reluctant at first.

She was in love with Aim High after just one week.

Years later, as a recent high school graduate, Michelle returned to Aim High as a teaching assistant. It was her first summer job. She planned to stay no longer than one summer, but every time June rolled around, Michelle found herself back in the Aim High classroom.

It wasn’t until she was well into an economics degree at Howard University that Michelle finally considered a career in education. Her Aim High site directors pulled her aside and asked if she had ever thought of becoming a teacher. “They said that I had what it took to make a difference and inspire the people around me,” Michelle says.

Fifteen years later, Michelle is now a celebrated educator and a role model for students and teachers everywhere. She credits Aim High for shaping her approach to teaching and learning. Aim High’s team-teaching model, Michelle believes, promotes collaboration among educators, enabling them to create curriculum and experiences that change students’ lives. “I come into the classroom with the spirit of collaboration and student experience,” she says. “Aim High set the bar for what I wanted to see in my classroom and work community. It creates a culture where the student becomes the teacher, and the teacher becomes the student.”

Michelle is a self-proclaimed proud product of Aim High: “I started off as a student, moved to TA, Intern, and Lead Teacher.” Today, Michelle is the founding site director for Aim High’s Bayview campus at Willie Brown Middle Jr. Middle School, where she also teaches math and student government during the regular school year.  “I want to help students and families see the greatest in themselves,” she says. “That is why I teach.”