Michelle is the Program Manager for the Polar STEAM initiative at OSU and works to foster innovative collaborations between scientists, teachers, artists, and writers in polar environments. Michelle brings Alaskan experience as a World Geography Educator for 10 years and as a Program Manager supporting Rural Alaska infrastructure needs. Michelle is also a National Geographic Certified Educator and infuses their inquiry-based model into project-based learning for students enriched with site visits and virtual experiences. Michelle is an accomplished world traveler on all seven continents and lived in New Zealand during 2020-21, embracing teaching in a new culture during an uncertain time in the world. She also lived and worked at McMurdo Station, Antarctica for two austral summer seasons 2018/19 and 2019/20 supporting science in the South Polar Region. Michelle is an enthusiastic ambassador for all things Polar and looks forward to helping curiosity thrive with Polar STEAM.