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Carol J. Michaels


Dr. Carol Michaels is currently a private education consultant working with K-12 schools and universities. Her focus is to assist teachers and administrators with the successful integration of technology while increasing knowledge of effective instruction and curricula. Her ultimate goal is to assist all educators to increase student achievement.

In June of 2013, Dr. Michaels retired after over 30 years of service in public education. She most recently worked in the Hancock Place School District as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment. Over the span of five years, she facilitated as teachers implemented BYOC/BYOC+ in all content areas. Additionally, in 2012, she assisted English/Language Arts teachers through the revision of their BYOC curriculum and alignment to Common Core State Standards.

Carol has created professional development opportunities related to Common Core State Standards, standards-based education and grading, reading strategies, balanced literacy, quality assessments, and curriculum development using BuildYourOwnCurriculum.

Before becoming a private consultant, Carol was employed in Illinois and Missouri public schools as a classroom teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She was also served as a reading specialist, administrative intern, literacy coach, and K-12 director of curriculum and assessment. In addition, she has been an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University since 2003, where she teaches two graduate level courses, Educational Research and Curriculum Analysis & Design. As a national board certified teacher, she has continued to serve as a certified candidate support provider for national board teacher candidates throughout the state of Missouri since 1999.

Carol has participated in many state and local workshops and training opportunities including Common Core State Standards, Curriculum Directors Training, Understanding by Design (Grant Wiggins), Frameworks for Understanding Poverty (Ruby Payne), Professional Learning Communities, Assessment FOR Learning, Positive Behavior Support (PBS), Missouri Principal’s Academy, and BuildYourOwnCurriculum and BuildYourOwnCurriculumPLUS.

Dr. Michaels has presented at a number of conferences and workshops including the Missouri Educational Technology Conference, Show Me Curriculum and Assessment Association Conferences, and the Cooperating School District of St. Louis. She has also served as an educational resource for the Regional Professional Development Center in St. Louis, MO.

Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with Reading Specialist concentration from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, a Master of Arts degree in Special Education with emphasis in Learning Disabilities from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and a Doctor of Education degree with emphasis in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.

She achieved national board certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in the area of Early Adolescent English Language Arts in 1999, renewing in 2008. Dr. Michaels holds current teaching certificates in the areas of Elementary Education 1-8, Elementary Principal K-8, Language Arts 5-9, Special Reading K-12, Learning Disabled K-12 and Superintendent K-12. She is also a certified graduate gemologist with the Gemological Institute of America.

Dr. Michaels has received a variety of professional awards and honors including being named Pattonville School District’s Teacher of the year in 1999. Other achievement highlights include the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999. the Cooperating School District Insurance Trust Scholarship in April 2001, and Missouri Excellence in Education Recognition in November 2001.

Carol is the mother of four grown children and the grandmother of four children.