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Michelle Ford, Alternative Education

Michelle Ford, Alternative Education

Michelle Ford has been employed with Mingo County Schools since 2008. She graduated from the LPN program here at Mingo Extended Learning Center in 2005. She initially began her career with the school system as a school nurse. It is during this time that she realized her call and passion to work with students. This prompted her to make a career change into education. She then worked diligently to complete her teaching certification in special education. Michelle completed her bachelor’s degree at Marshall University. This allowed her the opportunity to start as a substitute teacher for the county. It is during this time she went on to Liberty University to pursue her master’s degree in special education. She didn’t stop there she went on to further her education to specialist degree in curriculum and instruction in the area of special education. Michelle has worked fulltime in the classroom since obtaining her bachelor’s degree.

This is her 2nd year as the alternative education teacher here at the learning center. Prior to this she taught special education at Mingo Central High School for 5 years. The Alternative education program is for those students that have had discipline issues in their schools that further place them in the program. There are strict classroom guidelines that students must adhere to in order to successfully complete their time in alternative education. Although, it is a tough program Michelle seeks to create an encouraging atmosphere for each student according to their individual needs.