Michelle received her B.A. in Political Science and Human Rights from Barnard College. Michelle began her career in education in 2004 teaching 4th grade in the New Orleans area. Michelle served as a School Director at the Houston Summer Institute to train new teachers. In 2008, Michelle co-founded Achievement First Brownsville Elementary in Brooklyn, New York, a public charter school for kindergarten through second graders, where she currently serves as the Academic Dean.