Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: M.ED. | 2015 | UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-SAINT LOUIS · Major: Elementary Education-Reading Emphasis B.S. | 2007 | HARRIS-STOWE STATE UNIVERSITY · Major: Professional Inter-Disciplinary Studies Certifications: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-SAINT LOUIS ·Special Education Certification, 2010 ·Special Reading Certification, 2013 WEBSTER UNIVERSITY ·ED.S Education Leadership Administration, Currently Seeking Memberships ·St. Louis Suburban International Reading Association, 2014-present ·St. Louis Urban Debate, 2014-present ·Schools that Can, 2016-present ·ASCE-Civil Engineering Club, 2016-present ·Math Educators of Greater Saint Louis (MEGSL), 2016-present ·AdvancED Certification ·KAPPA DELTA PI International Honor Society in Education
Ms. Michelle J. Franklin
My real passion for teaching came from my third-grade teacher. My third-grade teacher taught me the significance of being firm. My third-grade teacher was a great inspiration and gave us the appreciation of music by playing the piano every morning. As a child, I imitated her style of discipline and instructional practices by playing school with family and friends. However, I did not realize my gift was in teaching until after; I received my Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from Harris State University. I worked as a data process supervisor at the Adams Mark Hotel for four years, until I realized my real passion was assisting in providing quality educational experiences for students with special educational needs.
I decided to switch careers, and I obtain provisional certification to work in Special School District. While earning my Special Education Certification, I worked as a Paraprofessional. While working as a paraprofessional, I obtained knowledge and skills that assisted me to complete my Special Education Certification.
In 2008, I left Special School District. I wanted to serve in the community I live and educate my children. I received an opportunity to work in St. Louis Public Schools in 2008. My first school assignment was Central Visual Arts (CVP) in the role of a Special Education Co-teacher. I spent one school year at CVP and transitioned to Roosevelt High School in 2009. I served as a Special Education co-teacher from 2008-2012.While serving in this role; I applied to be in an educational cohort at the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL). I obtained a Master's Degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Certification endorsement. Also, I earned my certification in Reading.
As a co-teacher, I learned the inner-workings of a classroom and the importance of classroom management. These skills assisted me as I transition from a co-teacher to Special Education classroom teacher. I worked passionately as a Special Education teacher, as well as participated in training to become an AVID teacher. I transition out of the classroom into the role of test coordinator and upon completion of my Reading Certification; I become Roosevelt High School Reading Intervention Teacher
In 2015, I was promoted from Reading Interventionist to building Reading Specialist under the School Improvement Grant. The following school year I transition from Roosevelt High School to Gateway STEM High School as an Academic Instructional Coach. My current role allows me to work with directly with teachers to provide them classroom support and resources to ensure quality instruction is provided.
In addition, to my professional roles, I have served as new teacher induction coordinator, cheer coach and debate coach.
In my spare time, I like to spend time with my three amazing children, travel, cook and read.
I am currently reading: Good to Great by Jim Collins