Michelle’s volunteer work includes serving as a family mentor with the Tiyya Foundation, supporting families of refugees, victims of human trafficking, and displaced persons. “I have always valued the personal connections we make when we take the time to work one-on-one with someone, listen to their story, and let them be heard,” she says. “It is through these personal interactions that change can begin.” Michelle also founded a chapter of Circle K International, a collegiate community service, leadership development, and friendship organization.
As an ESL instructor and marketing coordinator for Language Scholastics in Los Angeles, working with English language learners (ELL), Michelle used both traditional and digital media to facilitate learning, and received exceptional feedback from both colleagues and students. She also worked with ELL learners as an ESL instructor for POLY Languages Institute in Irvine, California. Prior to those roles, Michelle spent a year in South Korea with EPIK, developing and delivering English-language curriculum for students in grades K–12.
Advice I Would Give My 20-Something Self
“Everyone deserves a chance to be heard and everyone deserves tools to help their healing and growth.”