Michelle is the Lead Facilitator for all Open Program days. Michelle joined the staff in 2004 bringing her lovely family with her.
The second oldest of six growing up, Michelle's interactions with young people began at an early age. Prior to joining the OC Staff, she spent eight years working in the field of early childhood education at The Goddard School and a private nursery school. During this time she especially enjoyed attending courses focusing on children's literature and early childhood development. A lover of the outdoors, Michelle can often be found leading a group on nature explorations.
When she is not at OC, she enjoys working on her farm and running her self-service farmstand with her four young people, all of whom attend or have attended OC. Michelle has found creative ways to extend her young people’s OC experience to their home life during her non-OC days. During her "free time," Michelle enjoys cooking and baking, reading, playing and creating games with her family, and hands-on creative endeavors such as sewing, tie-dying, canning and preserving food, hiking, explloring nature, woodworking, DIY, and gardening.