MICHELE CHRISTINE CHEYNE
Biology Teacher Developer
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Michele Christine Cheyne joined KSTF from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a member of the science education faculty and taught professional development courses to the Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Michele consulted with the Pittsburgh Public Schools on designing a new science and technology high school, the SciTech Academy, which opened its doors to sixth-ninth graders in 2009.
Michele received a BS in education with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She supervised student teachers at Marquette University and taught science methods at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. From 2003 to 2006, Michele coordinated University of Pittsburgh’s Professional Development Project, where she worked closely with local school districts’ teachers and administrators. She has spent over a decade deeply involved in teacher preparation, as instructor and supervisor, with a particular focus on preparing teachers for students with disabilities.
Michele began her career as a high school teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools. From 1989 to 2000, she taught biology, chemistry and genetics at Hamilton High School, where she also served as department chair and coordinated peer mentoring for students with disabilities. Michele is the recipient of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education Research Grant, the MetLife Foundation Grant, and the Kohl Teacher Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. She is completing a doctorate in science education at the University of Pittsburgh.