Words about Michelle from her coworkers:
Michelle is a bright light at CMA. She brings energy and joy with her everywhere she goes. I am always blown away by her creativity and attention to detail. She takes a complicated subject, Computer Science, and breaks it down in a way that makes it accessible and fascinating to her lower school kiddos. We are truly lucky to have her at CMA!!!
Michelle is so bright, creative, open and enthusiastic. She is always willing to meet people big and small right where they are and be incredibly helpful. She is “mad professor” and perfect for the “Makers Space”.
A recent interview with Michelle:
What is your favorite thing about Caliber?
There are many favorites to choose from! I feel as though everyone deserves honorable mention, from the teachers, admin, parents, and especially the students. It has been such an amazing experience being welcomed and integrated into the Caliber community this year. It really feels like I've joined a family of over 1,000 people!
What was your favorite subject when you were in school and why?
This will probably sound far-fetched, but I loved ALL subjects growing up in elementary school. I had an amazing Kindergarten teacher named Mr. Felder who helped me to learn that making mistakes and working through problems was the BEST way to learn! As I got older and went through high school, I developed a strong love for the humanities (and accidentally got a History degree in College! Whoops!)
What is your favorite memory associated with music (maybe a memorable concert, or playing an instrument yourself!)?
Many who visit the staff lounge know that I am HUGE music fan. Hahaha. My favorite memories associated with music are centered around my family. I grew in Miami with a very traditional Cuban family and can remember from a young age the importance of playing music at giant parties we would throw. To this day, I really love salsa dancing and listening to any kind of Caribbean music! I also had a father who was adamant that my brother, sister, and I had a thorough music education. TO THIS DAY my family still plays the "WHO SINGS THIS?!" game.
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
My dream vacation would be traveling the Silk Road! The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that connected the ancient Eastern and Western civilizations of China, the Middle East, and Europe. It was central to cultural interactions of art, philosophy, education, and religion between then from 207 BCE - NOW! It was said that in it's heyday, "You could walk across one end of the Mongol Empire to the other with gold on your head without the fear of being robbed." CAN YOU IMAGINE?!
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area (or specifically Vallejo)?
I love that I can drive in any direction to find amazing hikes to go on! There are so many beautiful parks, hiking trails, and natural wonders to discover here. I can't wait to travel to Humboldt County this summer to see the old growth redwoods!
What is one fun fact that most people don't know about you?
I was REALLY into JROTC in high school. I competed in all the drill meets (in both rifle spinning and cadet marching), performed in the Color Guard for indoor football games, kept inventory of all supplies, etc. In my senior year of high school, I was offered a scholarship through the military to become an officer, but turned it down to become a liberal arts Dance and History major at a local college in NC!! I've never looked back!