Michelle is a Digital Technologies educator in Perth, WA with experience teaching in Primary and Secondary contexts. Michelle originally joined the ACS in 1995 as an Oracle Developer, going on to enjoy a career in IT in London, before returning to Perth for more senior development and Project Management roles.
A career change to teaching as an ICT Specialist was followed a year later by the introduction of Digital Technologies to the national primary and secondary school curriculum, where Michelle used her IT industry background to create high-quality new courses for the students. Currently teaching at an Independent K-12 school in Perth, she is a mentor with the Girls Programming Network, and runs Professional Learning workshops for other educators. Michelle presented at the 2019 FutureSchools conference in Melbourne, was awarded ECAWA's 2019 Digital Technologies Teacher of the Year, and has been selected as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for 2020-21. She also set up the first Cyber Security co-curricular club at her school, run in conjunction with ECU and CISCO, gaining a certification for herself in the process.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a Diploma in Project Management, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and is currently studying a Master’s degree in Education majoring in Digital Technologies at Sydney University. Michelle plans to use the knowledge gained to help other educators and inspire the next generation of IT professionals.