Hi! My name is Michelle Kuamoo and my professional career has been guided and driven by a single quote from Fred Rogers, “Where would any of us be without teachers – without people who have a passion for their art or their science or their craft and love it right in front of us? What would any of us do without teachers passing on to us what they know is essential about life?”
In response to this quote, I am proud to be called an educator. I hail from a long line of educators, including my mother, grandmother, and aunts with over 30-40 years of service respectively as elementary school teachers. I followed in their footsteps as an early childhood teacher and elementary teacher with over seven years of experience. As I grew as an educator, I knew I wanted to impact teachers by helping to develop their passion for working with children. I moved into school administration and professional development and spent the last 25 years training and teaching adult educators as a school administrator, University professor and professional development trainer, supporting teachers in almost every state in the United States and internationally including the South Pacific, Japan, and Mexico. I have had the privilege and honor to work with two National Education Laboratories (e.g., Northwest Regional Education Laboratory and Pacific Resources for Education and Learning), two federal education agencies (Department of Education and Child Care Bureau), and two for-profit companies delivering thousands of trainings to educators at the local, state and national levels. Through my journey I have learned that every educator wants to grow professionally and support children to reach their highest potential. My goal here at Teachstone is to provide educators with concrete tools to guide children with high quality intentional interactions.
Throughout my career, I have strived to be a lifelong learner. My education includes a Doctorate in School Leadership and Administration, a Masters in Elementary Education, and a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. When I am not working, I enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking, spending time with family, and taking long walks with my dogs.
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