Michelle McDonald Teacher and Social Stu
Michelle McDonald Strategic Educational
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. As a social studies specialist, I'm passionate about bringing history to life for students and adults too. 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. My goal is to share tips, engaging activities, and low prep social studies activities including virtual field trips around the world!

Teaching Career

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 have a minor in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Intercultural Communication. 

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I was a first grade teacher for five years. I've also taught 4th, 5th, and middle school too. I stepped out of the classroom in 2019 to focus my attention on designing social studies resources for K-8.

I've 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've been a guest speaker on The Unapologists Podcast, a teacher professional development podcast.

During the summer, I've enjoyed serving as a Teacher Leader for the Ambassador Leadership Summit at both Tulane University and Harvard University.

I'm currently a board member for the Washington State Council for the Social Studies.

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My Family Life

My family and I live in a cabin on a small lake in Washington state. We love the PNW! 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'm an Arab American of Lebanese descent. My family heritage runs strong, and you'll often find me making Lebanese dishes on weeknights.

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