Inspiring a love of learning in her students is Michelle’s greatest passion. When introducing her students to a new book, she first asks them to fan the pages and “smell the adventure.” Michelle appreciates how curious and eager to learn her Wilson Hill students are when they come to class. She loves when her students ask questions that lead to engaging discussions in which everyone—including her—learn something new. She wants her students to become lifelong learners and what better way to model that than to learn something new alongside them! Nothing is better than a classroom full of students who feel safe to ask thoughtful questions and wrestle with ideas until they understand and master a concept. That moment when students feel a sense of accomplishment and express excitement on their faces is priceless.
Michelle was born and raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Nate. She studied at Furman University before graduating from ORU, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in classical and Christian studies with Knox Seminary. Michelle began her teaching career in public school, but found her niche teaching in a classical Christian school where she taught 5th grade for seven years before moving to the Logic school to teach literature and composition. After four years, she became Grammar School Principal and enjoyed training and equipping grammar school teachers in their classrooms.
Recently, the Hills embarked on a new adventure as a family when her husband accepted the lead pastor role at a vibrant church, and they moved to Punta Gorda on the southwest coast of Florida. Michelle is a mom to three who fill her days with laughter and fun. She also enjoys photographing Gulf Coast sunsets, exploring the beautiful beaches around their new home, traveling with her family, serving at their church and creating memories with friends.
The best affirmation I received from a student actually came from the parent when a mom sent an email saying that her son loves my class and always wants to talk about what he is learning each night at the dinner table!