Michelle Henderson

Hometown: Shallowater, Texas
University: Texas Tech University
Teaching Interest: Elementary Education

Michelle hails from a military family and was planning to attend the Air Force Academy when something changed. “I had been telling people this is what I want to do, but it’s not where my heart is,” she recalls. She realized her passion is education. Michelle’s mother was not surprised by the shift and had secretly predicted Michelle would eventually find her way to teaching.

Michelle tutored others since the fifth grade, helping with an after school program and offering assistance to friends and her brother. She credits her first grade teacher, Mr. Ramirez, for inspiring her to follow in his footsteps. She started elementary school in Japan, at a military school, where Mr. Ramirez went out of his way to make each student feel special and cared for. She has never forgotten the impact he had on her and wants to model her first grade classroom after his.

"I absolutely love watching the light bulb go off when a child learns a new concept or makes a new connection." - Michelle Henderson
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