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Ms. Michele Daniel-Shenk

Faculty Information
Title(s) LS Tech and Sci; K-8 tech coordinator, Dir. Ex.Day, Grades PK - 4 Computer
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School Phone
540-650-7600
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I first came to Highland not as a teacher, but as a parent. When my first son, Nathan, was four years old I began looking for a school that would afford him both an excellent education and open many opportunities later in life. Once I found Highland, I immediately fell in love with both the amazing teachers and the eager to learn students. When a job opened up I immediately applied and was accepted as a lower school music teacher. I went to school at Mary Washington College on a full vocal performance scholarship. After graduating with a double major in elementary education and music performance, I went on to teach kindergarten. Over the years I added teaching both music and computers. I've always had a passion for learning and have never stopped. While teaching I took graduate classes at George Mason University in Orff Music and in Instructional Technology. I also frequently participate and present at conferences designed to help educators keep up with the latest research, technology and trends in education. I've always believed that it was a teacher's responsibility to offer as many opportunities as possible for students to learn. While at Highland School I have incorporated my various interests into my teaching career by starting or working with a wide variety of clubs, afterschool activities, and summer camps which have included Battle of the Books, 24 Math Club, FLL Robotics teams, the MakerSpace, piano and voice lessons, woodworking, various crafts, and gaming explorations. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, crafting, scuba diving, and exploring new technologies. I have a wonderful husband and two amazing children. My eldest, who started my interest in Highland, now attends Penn State University. I also try to make the world a better place by volunteering in my free time. I enjoy spending time at the SPCA with my youngest son, Hunter, helping the animals. I also enjoy volunteering at various domestic violence and child abuse awareness organizations.
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