Michelle McGuire Ed.D, is a founding member of The Daedalus Collective, and finds inspiration in the ability to consistently work with, mentor, and provide training to teachers that are new, as well as seasoned. She believes that the generation of fresh ideas in the evolving landscape of teaching and learning are the cornerstone of success in the classroom and beyond.
For the past 14 years, Michelle has worked as an elementary teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District at the Dr. Theodore T. Alexander Jr. Science Center School. It is here that she has been able to stretch her ability to not only teach science and engineering, but has also been afforded the opportunity to plan and execute interdisciplinary learning experiences based on exhibits within the museums of Exposition Park along with current events and interests that are relevant to the local and school community. She knows that teaching and learning are not static in nature, and as a result, should ebb and flow just as the experiences we have as a community and society do.
Fundamentally, Michelle believes that teacher education and training is essential to the growth and development of the profession. Not only is she an Adjunct Professor for the University of Southern California’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, she has also served as a Guiding Teacher for pre-service teachers from the USC MAT program for the past 10 years. Additionally, since 2009, Michelle has continued to provide professional development and serve as a demonstration teacher for the California Association for the Gifted at institutes and conferences throughout the state from San Diego to Sacramento. Most recently, she has professional development to Pasadena Unified School District as part of their GATE certification. Coupling her expertise in gifted education with an interest in the applications of technology, Michelle received her doctorate degree with the primary research area for her dissertation looking at technology uses in differentiated curriculum and instruction for gifted learners. To Michelle, the essence of education lies in the creative choices and decisions that teachers are able to make each day as they enter their classroom. This skill can be crafted, manifests itself in the some of the most surprising ways, and actualized in the most endearing of student work. As such, she strives to inform educators that they have the power to move beyond prescriptive curriculum, and the ability to insert melodic creativity in their daily work. Michelle holds a B.A. in Communication, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and a doctorate degree in Teacher Education in a Multicultural Society all from the University of Southern California.