Michelle’s first introduction to teaching English came at a young age in Ottawa, when her mother encouraged her to volunteer to help refugees from Vietnam in 1980. This rewarding experience later inspired her to take on a role at a non-profit in Montreal, teaching English to refugees and landed immigrants.
Since arriving in Vancouver in 1996, Michelle has taken on several different roles in international education, including teaching, program coordination, curriculum development, marketing and school management. The study of language and culture has always been a passion for her and working in this field has been consistently rewarding. Participating in BC TEAL has shown her the importance and necessity for advocacy for both students and teachers and she is proud to be part of such an influential and meaningful organization.