Special Education Teacher
Michelle Newton was born in Merced, CA and her family moved to Morgan, UT when she was three years old. She grew up in Morgan spending many hours at the library and riding her bike. After high school, she attended Southern Utah University where she earned her degree in education. She knew from an early age that teaching was where she wanted to spend her time making a difference in the lives of students, especially those who have extra challenges. Michelle believes that all students want to learn and succeed, some just learn a little differently.
She moved back to Utah in 2015 from North Carolina and began teaching again. Michelle knew the moment she saw Promontory School's expeditionary learning model that this is where she wanted to teach. She loved how the Expeditionary model challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities.
“When students enter daily life, they will be celebrated not for their performance on basic skills tests, but rather for the quality of their work and their character. That’s why EL Education builds students’ capacity for three dimensions of high achievement: mastery of knowledge and skills, character and high-quality student work.”
Michelle has her white water Captain permit and spends her summers guiding rafts and kayaks down the Weber River.
One of her favorite quotes is: "Not all who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien