Michelle is an author, inspirational speaker, and educational consultant. She is known to make a tangible, sustainable, and positive difference through her books, speaking, and trainings. Michelle shares enthusiasm, in-the-trenches experience, and applicable take-aways with her audience while imparting a philosophy that engages educators and ignites hope in schools. Named Nevada's 2016 Innovative Educator of the Year, Michelle has appeared on television (including Oprah) and radio across the nation as a guest expert. Her keynotes and trainings leave audiences enthused, inspired, deeply touched, and wanting more! Michelle’s new book, Start With the Heart: Igniting Hope in Schools through Social and Emotional Learning, was released by Corwin in March, 2019. Her previous books include Why Can’t We Talk: What Teens Would Share if Parents Would Listen and Chicken Soup for the Soul presents Teens Talkin’ Faith.