About Michelle

My professional interest primarily involves inclusion and evidence based instructional practices for at-risk students in general education classrooms.  Since earning my doctorate I have worked with the Ventura County Office of Education’s Education Specialist Induction Consortium (ESIC) program.  My work there includes the development and delivery of graduate level courses that enable teachers to obtain a Clear or Level II Mild/Moderate Education Specialist credential.  I also serve as faculty for the recently developed Language and Academic Development (LAD) credential, where candidates attain authorization to provide services to students aged 3 to 22, with communication and language needs.  Today, I manage Exceptional Education LLC., an education consulting and research company.  The mission of our company is to support K12 educators improve their instruction, increase student engagement and positively impact student learning.

When I am not working with educators, you will find me playing with my boys.  We like to cook, garden and camp!


Research Interests

intersection of general education and special education, inclusion, co-teaching, collaboration, pedagogical and content preparation of teachers, inclusive education, school based interventions, wrap around services, mild to moderate disabilities, learning disabilities, applied behavior analysis, positive behavior support, cognitive factors/differences as they relate to teaching and learning, child and adolescent development, developmental psychopathology, risk and protective factors.