Director of Programs, New York
Michelle grew up in southern Connecticut. She attended Manhattanville College, and graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Psychology and is a member of Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology.
Upon graduation Michelle started working at Graham Windham in their Therapeutic Foster Boarding Homes unit as a Sociotherapist where she worked with youth and their families providing casework counseling as well as behavior modification. After three years in Therapeutic, Michelle transferred to Preparing Youth for Adulthood to become a Youth Development Coordinator where she helped prepare adolescents for transitioning out of foster care. In PYA, she developed curriculum and coordinated monthly workshops on a broad range of life skills, including workshops specifically on college admissions and transitions. She also partnered with community based organizations and NYC Children’s Services to bring innovative programs to the youth, such as creative writing, financial literacy, and transitions framework. More recently, Michelle became the Post Secondary Education Specialist within PYA, and completed a 60 hour College Access Counseling training with Goddard’s Institute for Professional Development. In this role, she’s had the opportunity to participate in several panel discussions regarding supporting foster care youth in college, and was a guest presenter for a training at Goddard on Financial Aid for Foster Care Youth.
Michelle is excited to join A List and bring her knowledge and love of working with underserved youth to the team.
I think A-List is a great organization. My tutor was positive and tailored the material to my learning style. She made learning each subject fun and presented new topics in an engaging fashion. Thank you so much to A-List for helping me achieve my personal best!
A-List gave me more than just practice tests and test-taking tips, though these were invaluable. My tutor connected with me on a personal level and helped me understand that I was capable of getting the score I wanted. Suddenly, I viewed my test-taking experience as a challenge, not a burden. I walked into my ACT with the confidence that I knew exactly how to conquer every aspect of the test.”
Mother of Phoebe C.
Both my children had an amazing experience with A-List! Steadily, she worked hard to improve her test scores. Taking the practice tests allowed her to gain confidence and learn to manage her time during the tests. Then a college advisor helped her write her college essays. She was an amazing guide who helped Phoebe focus and streamline her supplements and essays. Now she will be attending her dream college, Rice University, School of Architecture!