High School Developmental Designs Facilitator

When Michelle was asked by a student, “Ms. E., what do you teach?”, another student jumped in with a reply,

“She teaches us how to ‘human’.”

As a teacher and leader, Michelle Edgeton is a relentless advocate for closing the achievement gap by equipping students with the knowledge and skills it takes to ‘human’. Michelle brings to the Developmental Designs team 24 years of experience in middle school and high school education, most recently as a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) teacher, interventionist, and work-based learning and program coordinator for Shakopee Public Schools. She is also a former German and social studies teacher.

Throughout her career, Michelle has taught and learned from a variety of students—including mainstream, special education, multilingual, advanced placement, and at-risk youth—learning that all students need adults to see their humanity and create opportunities for them to meet their socio-emotional needs. With a master’s degree in teaching and learning, Michelle knows the power of designing effective lessons that build student competency and believes that learning is healing.

Michelle is committed to asking herself questions about power, privilege, race, history, justice, and language so that she can be a more inclusive, culturally competent teacher-leader. Across all her work, she knows the power of collaboration and attributes her success to learning from and growing with other educators.

In her free time, she can be found championing her 8 kid’s (some grown and flown, some launching, and some in the nest) activities and playing Tetris with the family calendar. With the time that’s “left over” she is likely napping on her purple yoga mat, camping with her friends, or planning her next travel adventure with her husband.