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 no) 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 in our 1970's pop-up tent trailer. I have two bonus kids that are just entering their teenage years. We also have a rescue dog that runs the lake. I often share about our lakelife adventures on my Instagram.
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.
In 2017, I was featured in Practical Homeschooling Magazine. I have also been a featured presenter for teacher professional development courses and conferences, including the Digital Summer Summit, and Excel Education Resources-an Eastern Washington University partnership program.
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.