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The professional development and community of professionals provided by the KSTF fellowship will help me grow as a teacher. Through discussions with other teachers and the sharing of lessons, I will be able to more effectively reflect upon my teaching practices and rejuvenate my lessons with new ideas.

Michelle Leber
2013 Fellow

Michelle Leber

2013 Fellow
Oak Park High School
Oak Park, California

Prior to pursuing a career as a teacher, Michelle was passionate about physics research. In 2010, she earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Washington. Following graduation, she relocated to California to conduct neutrino research at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). While Michelle enjoyed the way research required her to think, she realized that she wanted to enrich the lives of others through her work.

After careful reflection, Michelle came to the conclusion that teachers had been incredibly influential in her life. She decided to become a teacher to “inspire her students and share her love of learning.” Michelle earned a master’s degree in education and her secondary teaching credential from UCSB. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys cooking, eating and outdoor activities, such as rock climbing and backpacking.