Welcome, I'm Michelle McDonald
I'm glad you're here! I'm an educator with a decade of classroom experience in various grades throughout elementary and middle school. I am passionate about bringing social studies to life for our students. I don't know about you, but I've found myself teaching in schools that provided few (and sometimes zero) social studies curriculum or materials. It can be daunting to find high-quality social studies resources for our young students. My goal is to share tips, engaging activities, and low prep social studies lessons and materials for K-8 teachers.
My Family Life
My family and I live in a cabin year-round on a small lake in Eastern Washington. I'm married to Scott, an outdoor-loving guy. We love to go on camping adventures whenever we get the chance. I have two bonus kids that are just entering their teenage years. We also have two rescue dogs. I often share about our lake-life adventures on my Instagram.
I am an Arab American of Lebanese descent. My family heritage runs strong, and you'll often find me making Lebanese dishes on weeknights.
I attended Eastern Washington University, and hold a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a double major in Elementary Education and Secondary Social Studies Education.
I was a first grade teacher for five years, and just loved it! I've also taught 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, and middle school. I stepped out of the classroom in 2019 to focus my attention on designing social studies resources for K-8.
I have been a featured presenter for teacher professional development courses and conferences, including the Upper Elementary Digital Summer Summit, and Excel Education Resources--an Eastern Washington University partnership program. I have been a guest speaker on The Unapologists Podcast, a teacher professional development podcast.
During the summer, I have served as a Teacher Leader for the Ambassador Leadership Summit at both Tulane University and Harvard University.
I am currently a board member for the Washington State Council for the Social Studies.
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