Behind every graduate are several dedicated teachers. We’re grateful to our Elite instructors, and that’s why we take a moment to shine the light on them in this Teacher Spotlight blog series.

This month, we bring the story of a virtual middle school teacher, Ms. Michelle Wood. She teaches a variety of courses at Elite. Check out her story below.

About Ms. Wood, virtual middle school teacher

“Hi! My name is Ms. Wood and I’ve been a teacher for two years. Prior to getting my teaching credential, I worked in mortgage banking for 11 years. Teaching was a career change for me, which was not an easy path, but I couldn’t deny my passion for education! I decided to be a teacher at Elite because I believe strongly in our core values of Responsibility, Communication and Teamwork. The student-centered focus is evident in all aspects of the organization.”

Ms. Wood has two children, a daughter who is a competitive dancer and a son who plays for a travel baseball team. When she does find free time, Ms. Wood enjoys hiking, going to the beach and camping.

Something else Ms. Wood enjoys: teaching our incredible students here at Elite!

“I enjoy teaching Elite students because I am rewarded by the ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of each of my students,” said Ms. Wood. “Some advantages of being an Elite teacher is getting to know my students and their families and working with them one on one to help them be successful! I think that Elite is more beneficial to students than a traditional school because of the structured flexibility that it offers students. Also, the personal connection students get with their teachers and the ability to learn in an environment that works best for them.”

When it comes to advice for her students, Ms. Wood often reminds her students to include physical activities in their daily routines.

“Students, don’t forget to get outside and moving! As independent learners, it’s easy to forget how important physical exercise is along with getting outside and enjoying the world around us! Balancing all important things is key!” – Ms. Michelle Wood, virtual middle school teacher

We incredibly grateful to have Ms. Wood as a part of our dedicated faculty and staff!