Instructor, Elementary Education
Doctor of Education, Ed.D.(c) – Expected Dec. 2017
Indian Leadership Education and Development (I LEAD) Project
Montana State UniversityM.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction
Curriculum Studies, Emphasis in Indian Education & Science
University of Montana, Jul. 2008xB.A., EducationElementary Education, Emphasis in ScienceMinor in Native American StudiesUniversity of Montana, Dec. 2004
Michael was raised in Missoula and identifies with both her Sqelixʷ (Salish & Pend d’Oreille) and White backgrounds. She currently serves her communities as Faculty in both the Education and Native American Studies departments at Salish Kootenai College. Michael is also a doctoral candidate in the Indian Leadership Education and Development (I LEAD) program at Montana State University and a facilitator in training for The Center for Courage and Renewal. Her life work focuses on two specific goals: 1) improving education for and about American Indian people and students in Montana; and, 2) working with our tribal communities to build our own school systems aimed at language, culture, and identity revitalization that also contributes to academic and life success, leadership, agency and tribal development. Michael is also thrilled to say she is a mother of a beautiful baby girl and partner of a man who shares her values, goals, and beliefs.