Full Day Preschool Teacher • Michele Van Pelt (Ms. Michele)
Days: Full time
Education / Certifications:
- B.A. Special Education & Elementary Education (dual licensure)
M.A. English Language Learning
M.S. Early Childhood Education
currently pursuing EdD.
- Prior to coming to Beard, I taught in a self-contained special education classroom for 5th thru 8th graders at a school on the north side. I became part of the Beard staff in the fall of 2013, where I started as the librarian. I then moved into the role as the lead EL teacher and then taught in a self-contained special education classroom until June of 2018. In the fall of 2018, I moved into my new role as one of the full day general education preschool teachers. I absolutely love teaching these little guys!
I have a daughter who is in currently in law school and an adorable 13 year old dog (Payton) who thinks he is my son. When I have free time, I enjoy reading (currently historical fiction), crocheting, and taking Payton walks or biking with my boyfriend Mark. I have family in Michigan and in past summers have enjoyed leaving Chicago for Michigan for a few months with Payton, Mark and his cat Maximus. There's something to be said for country air, Lake Michigan, and summer sunsets!
My favorite educational quote is: "Play is the highest form of research." - Albert Einstein