Since joining CCT in 2008, Michelle has worked on a variety of evaluation, research, and development projects. The majority of Michelle’s work is focused in STEM education, particularly in the areas of teacher professional development, the role of digital media in K–12 classrooms, and the development of cognitive diagnostic assessments. She currently serves as an external evaluator for the Partnership to Improve Student Achievement in Physical Science: Integrating STEM Approaches (PISA2), a project through the Center of Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology. PISA2 provides elementary and middle-school teachers with professional development and graduate coursework in science and engineering. Michelle is also a part of the Eliciting Math Misconceptions (EM2) project, an IES-funded measurement development project that is designing a diagnostic assessment system to help teachers identify student misconceptions around rational numbers.
Before joining EDC, Michelle worked as an analyst for a network of charter schools in Harlem, where she designed assessments and analyzed student-, classroom-, and school-level data. Michelle taught English as a Second Language in the Slovak Republic, Spain, and New York. She holds a master's degree in Economics and Education from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University.