Michelle Finn is a professional development associate for the Reinventing Schools Division of Marzano Research. With more than a decade of experience in a variety of educational roles and settings, her classroom-based experience includes teaching grades K–10.
She was involved in the shift from a traditional time-based to a competency-based model of education at Bering Strait School District. Michelle taught 10 content areas to students age 7–15; developed K–12 curriculum and assessments aligned with standards; led professional development on curriculum design; and served on various committees during her four years with the district. She and her husband implemented the same competency-based system in a K–8, one-room schoolhouse in Mount Desert Island Regional School System 91 in Maine. Throughout her four-year tenure, student achievement significantly increased for all students, and Michelle supported two districts in unpacking standards and aligning assessments. Also during this time, she was a consultant for Reinventing Schools, providing training and coaching services for schools and districts in Maine, South Carolina, and Colorado.
Michelle graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine at Orono.