Michelle was the first Director of Career and Technical Education for a Washington State Tribal School. Although it had never been done before in Washington, Michelle searched in Washington State archives and found a memo that gave allowance for Tribal schools to offer Career and Technical Education. She worked with the Department of Education in Washington DC, The Bureau of Indian Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to be the first person to discover congruent policy existed to form a Career and Technical Education Department for a Washington State Tribal School. She then taught Entrepreneurship, Visual Communications, and Microsoft Certification to Washington Indigenous students.
Michelle was Washington's first Career and Technical Education Director from a tribal school to attend the Career and Technical Education New Directors workshop to learn how to finance a Career and Technical Education Department. Michelle fought for a consortium of tribal schools by authoring and sharing her original frameworks documents written specifically for Native American students to other tribal schools to help bring equity and career oriented education to indigenous Washington State Students.
Michelle advocates furthering section 9 of the Carl D. Perkins Act that mandates all states give 1.5% of Career and Technical Education Funds to Native American Students to further Vocational Education of Indigenous Americans.
Michelle has taught for six Washington State School Districts and in 38 schools. Michelle has taught every grade level and close to every subject taught in Washington State schools. This was accomplished during her Masters degree thesis research which was on inclusion. Michelle asked the question, "Where does Bullying come from?" The conclusion of the thesis was, bullying comes from the adult population. This means in our homes, our clubs, our religious organizations, our businesses and in our schools, the children are watching and becoming just like us. When you are virtuous, generous, and care about the environment, the next generation will too.
Michelle advocates for Washington State to increase the requirements for high school graduation from one Career and Technical Education course, to five. According to the Washington State Board of Education, in 2018 Washington graduated 80.9% of high school seniors. Michelle believes that if roughly 20% of students are not graduating from high school, that students should be studying career options every year from 7th to 12th grade. This requires districts to retrofit most electives. It takes Home Economics to change to Culinary Arts with serve safe certification and health card certification. It means Wood Shop changing to Construction Trades or Project Management learning estimating on Microsoft Excel. This plan moves Art to Advertising Design and it puts a high school orchestra recording music for a commercial. It changes computer keyboarding to Microsoft certification. We should also increase a course called Career Choices which can be designed to prepare students to join the union trades. Michelle also advocates all high school seniors to attend small business training so that every Washington State Student knows the basics of how to Start a business. 70% of US citizens do not gain a four year college degree. Career and Technical Education serves the majority and we currently only require one preparatory or exploratory career oriented course for high school graduation.