The Knowles Teaching Fellowship provides an amazing opportunity for beginning to teachers to grow and develop in ways that might not otherwise be possible early in their careers. The collaborative community, access to high quality sustained professional development, and support from Program Officers and Team Specialists, make us unique among the organizations that work with beginning STEM teachers.”
Michele Christine Cheyne joined Knowles from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught professional development courses to Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students, as a member of the science education faculty. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Michele consulted with the Pittsburgh Public School District on designing a new science and technology high school, the SciTech Academy, which opened its doors to sixth-ninth graders in 2009.
Michele received a B.S. in education with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She supervised student teachers at Marquette University and taught science methods at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. From 2003 to 2006, Michele coordinated University of Pittsburgh’s Professional Development Project, where she worked closely with local school districts’ teachers and administrators. She has spent over a decade deeply involved in teacher preparation, as an instructor and a supervisor, with a particular focus on preparing teachers for working with students with disabilities.
Michele began her career as a high school teacher in the Milwaukee Public School District. From 1989 to 2000, she taught biology, chemistry and genetics at Hamilton High School, where she also served as department chair and coordinated peer mentoring for students with disabilities. Michele is the recipient of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education Research Grant, the MetLife Foundation Grant, and the Kohl Teacher Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. She is completing a doctorate in science education at the University of Pittsburgh.