Director of Early Learning and Community Education
Brooklyn Center Community Schools District 286
Getting to know Michelle...
Michelle directly supervises 20 staff members and indirectly supervises 16. She spends a large portion of her time managing, coaching and evaluating her staff. When hiring new staff members, Michelle looks for individuals who are data driven in decision making, has a "children first" mentality, knowledgeable in early childhood and family education, willing to learn, focused on equity, and a team player. Once on the team, there is a combination of shadowing and mentoring to train new staff. Her overall budget for Early Learning and Community Education is $1.4 million. She references the Community Ed Finance Manual often to ensure that she is in compliance with the state.
Michelle partners with the city of Brooklyn Center to provide opportunities for students to engage in a variety of activities not offered through school. Students in the Bright Start program can go on field trips sponsored by the city and take swimming lessons at the Community Center for a reduced cost.